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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: IMF <>
Date: Mon, 20 Mar 2023 15:59:28 +0100
Subject: Fund+

IMF Headquarters: 7001 19th Street, 20219-001
N.W, Washington D. C. 20413,
United States of America.

Our Ref: IMF/FGN/RMB/088/2023
Internal Memo Urgent!

Attn: Beneficiary,


Sequel to the meeting we had with the African and European country leaders in
the recent Mexico world G20B summit in regards to the payments been owed by the
Africa,America,Asia and Europe continents, the Chairman of African Union(AU) and
that of the European Union (EU) have made it known to all the beneficiaries been
owed via Contracts, Inheritance, Lottery, during their recent interview with
United Nation overdue contract payment commission that all the debts been owed
by the Africans and Europeans should be paid to them via AU and EU accounts
with the supervision of the bank of International settlement (BIS) here in the
United States which you happened to be one of the beneficiary confirmed for this
payment settlement.

Also In accordance with the payment verification and auditing exercise carried
out by the UK Debt Servicing Unit of the World Bank, (W.B) and the International
Monetary Fund (IMF) in conjunction with the European Union(EU), It has been
brought to the knowledge of the Controller General, International Monetary Fund
that your outstanding valued at US$4,500.000.00(Four Million Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) only has been deposited for immediate transfer
with the SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK and has been approved for urgent payment to
your receiving bank account through their International remittance unit.

We issue this last notification to you on this development since we were unable
to reach you with the payment Details, as you are advised to contact the SOUTH
AFRICAN RESERVE BANK, International Remittance Unit.

Attn: Mr. Fred Malusi on Direct Tel: +27 748476701 Email:, with this payment Ref N0:BBYUK/REG1958755 for the
transfer conclusion.

This avenue has been created by the United Nations (EU) & (AU) on
Foreign debt Reconciliation Commission to offset all the outstanding foreign
payments on-hold in order to rehabilitate the lost dignity of the EU, AU &

The international Monetary Fund (IMF) remains communicated to our
financial principles through the above contact details. We hope you will benefit
from our team of experts. We assure you the best of our services at all times
assuring you of this payment transfer legitimacy.


Yours Faithfully,
Kristalina Georgieva(Managing Director (IMF).

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