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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs.Kristalina Georgieva" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2023 17:17:10 +0330

This is to intimate you of a very important information which will be of a great help to redeem you from all the difficulties you have been experiencing in  getting your long overdue payment due to excessive demand for money from you by both corrupt Bank officials and Courier Companies after which your fund remain unpaid to you.
I am Mrs.Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director (MD) of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It may interest you to know that reports have reached our office by so many correspondences on the uneasy way which people like you are treated by various Banks and Courier Companies Diplomat(s) across Europe to Africa and Asia London UK, and we have decided to put a stop to that and that is why I was appointed to handle your transaction here in Washington, DC 20431, USA.
I am delighted to inform you that the contract/Inheritance Lottery  panel of the UN/COVID19 Awarded Payment has been approved.All Governmental and Non-
Governmental prostates, NGO's, Finance Companies, Banks, Security Companies and Diplomat(s) which have been in contact with you of late have been instructed to back off from your transaction and you have been advised NOT to respond to them anymore since the  International Monetary Fund (I.M.F)
Head Office is now directly in charge of your Contract Sum, Lottery/Inheritance payment US$15.500.000.00 (fifteen  Million five  hundred thousand United State
Dollars) You are hereby advised NOT to remit further payment to any institutions with respect to your transaction as your fund will be transferred to you directly from our source. I hope this is clear. Any action contrary to this instruction is at your own risk. In order for us to proceed you /must get back to us
with the below requested information:
Your Full Name:
Your Address:
Your Age:
Your Direct Phone Numbers:
Your Profession:
And we shall give you further details on how your fund will be released to you.
Mrs.Kristalina Georgieva
Managing Director (IMF)

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