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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: "Kristalina Georgieva" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2019 19:16:56 +0200
Subject: International Monetary Fund.(IMF)

International Monetary Fund.(IMF)
Address: 1900 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC United State.

Attention: Provision Of Affidavit Of Claim Certificate For Legal Cover/Protection of US$3.5 Million In Your Favor.

Good day, I'm Kristalina Georgieva resuming office as the IMF Managing Director and Chair of the Executive Board, Please let me start by apologizing to your humble and noble person, This is because your payment file worth the sum of US$3.5 {Three Million Five Hundred United State Dollars} has just been brought to my desk for cancellation which i have to take my time in looking into your payment file to know why your over due payment should be canceled and i found out that it was because of your inability to secure your access code that is why they have resolved to have your payment of US$3.5 Million canceled.

You have been mandated to immediately complete your long awaited fund transfer with this office International Monetary Fund, So you have to comply for the final vet of your payment. To this end it will interest you to know that the only fee required of you have been reduced in your favor in other to enable you have the fee paid so that your access code will be released to you immediately in other to enable you have speedy access to your fund once it is released to you.

You are adviced to contact our representative Mrs. Elizabeth Betesh at {} You can also reach her on this number (+1- 859-283-7122) with the below details as stated.

Your Full Name:
Direct Telephone Number:
Private E-mail Address:

I also want you to know that you only have 24hours to get back to us in other to complete every necessary arrangements in your favor to release and effect your fund in our case study to any bank account of your choice or issue you a Certified ATM Visa Card, so we advice you to get back to us immediately by reconfirming your contact details as should you wish to receive your approved fund.

Confirm the receipt of this E-mail to you immediately and be rest assured that you will be smiling to your bank once you comply with the above directives. This is a promise to you after all your pains in the past as we are here to serve you as our word is our bond to you.

Best Regards,
Kristalina Georgieva
IMF Managing Director
& Chair of the Executive Board.

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