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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: "Dr. Kristalina Georgieva" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2023 10:45:40 -0700

Dear Beneficiary,

I am Kristalina Georgieva, The Managing Director of the International
Monetary Funds Bulgaria. This is to notify you that
our Diplomatic Agent, he is currently at Los Angeles International
Airport, California and in possession of your full compensation funds
in Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Master Card, packaged by the UNCC for
security reasons. His Name is Mr. Michael Anderson, he is with your ATM
CARD PACKAGE which Contains Your Compensation Payment worth of Ten
Million, Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars (US$10,500,000.00)
From the United Nations Fund Compensation Unit.

Email your delivery information on how to reach your doorstep including
your phone number, but don’t let him know how much the package
contains for security reasons, try to follow the instructions as I
told you in accordance with the United Nations Compensation Commission
to receive your own compensation payment.
Email him with this email address ( or call him with
this phone number +1(646) 777 4489

So the Information you are Required to Reconfirm to the Agent is as Follow.
(1)Your Full Name=========
(2)Mobile Phone Number====
(3)Current Home Address===
(5)Nearest Airport =======
(6)A Copy of Your ID For Identification. attached.

As he is at Los Angeles International Airport right now because of the
Searching and Scanning of the package which
made him to misplace your address, So contact him via his email address,

Kristalina Georgieva
The Managing Director
International Monetary Funds
Brussels - Bulgaria
+32 460211129

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