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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2020 11:13:59 -0700
Subject: Your Fund!
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL, INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND.
IMF Headquarters: 7001 19th Street, 20219-001
N.W, Washington D. C. 20413,
United States of America.
Phone: +1 7852518905
Our Ref: IMF/FGN/RMB/088/2020
Internal Memo Urgent!
SUB-FUND TRANSFER NOTIFICATION: INTERNATIONAL MONETARY FUND (IMF) DEBT SERV=
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 and Europe continents, the Chairman of African Union(AU) and=
that of the European Union (EU) have made it known to all the beneficiarie=
s been owed via Contracts, Inheritance, Lottery, During their recent interv=
iew with United Nation overdue contract payment commission that all the deb=
ts been owed by the Africans and Europeans should be paid to them via AU an=
d 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 benefic=
iary confirmed for this payment settlement.
Also In accordance with the payment verification and auditing exercise carr=
ied out by the UK Debt Servicing Unit of the World Bank, (W.B) and the Inte=
rnational Monetary Fund (IMF) in conjunction with the European Union(EU)it =
has been brought to the knowledge of the Comptroller General, International=
Monetary Fund that your outstanding valid US$4,500.000.00(Four Million Fiv=
e Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) only has been deposited for immed=
iate transfer with the SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK and has been approved for=
urgent payment to your receiving bank account through their International =
We issue this last notification to you on this development since we were un=
able to reach you with the payment Details, as you are advised to contact t=
he SOUTH AFRICAN RESERVE BANK, International Remittance Unit.
Attn: Mr. Fred Malusi on Direct Tel: +27 747659857.Email: fredmalusi@execut=
ivemail.co.za, with this payment Ref N0:BBYUK/REG1958755 for the transfer c=
This avenue has been created by the United Nations (EU) & (AU) on Foreign d=
ebt Reconciliation Commission to offset all the outstanding foreign payment=
s on-hold in order to rehabilitate the lost dignity of the EU, AU & Others.=
The international Monetary Fund (IMF) remains communicated to our
financial principles through the above contact details. We hope you will be=
nefit from our team of experts. We assure you the best of our services at a=
ll times assuring you of this payment transfer legitimacy.
Kristalina Georgieva(Managing Director (IMF).
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