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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: "James Roaf" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 05:25:05 -0800

700 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20431
Ref Swift: IMFDUS3W2013

While I.M.F serving almost all the countries of the world, we’re obligated to comply with both Domestic and International Financial Laws, which
requires us to verify your identity prior to sending or receiving wire transfer to or fro nations. Please understand that this procedure is
crucial for preventing financing terrorism and organized crime throughout the world. Today the Global Financial Stability Report, a quarterly
publication launched to review a regular assessment of global Pending Foreign Payments, reviewed that you contract/Inherence fund
US$36,700.000.00 which was seized and confiscated on Tuesday, July 10, 2012 by the Global Illicit Financial Team as it was tagged suspicious fund
transfer was proven to be a legal fund, free from any illegal business and civil, criminal, or financial crime.

In view to the verification process and survey in the Joint Annual Meetings of the Boards of Governors of the IMF, the World Bank and other key
International Financial Intelligence Agencies, it has been showed that you have fully complied with the International statutory provision for
payment of Huge Funds under Article 102, section 36, SS 1a-2b of the 2012 International Financial and Allied Matters Act. Prior to this effect, an
irrevocable fund transfer authorization letter has been forwarded to the remitting bank "Wema Bank Plc" to commence with the fund transfer as
appropriate to you as the beneficiaries with Fund Allocation Approval Serial Number: OSB/629578/NIG/GFS63G.

With all due respect Sir/Ma, we apologize for the inconveniences and pains this delay might have caused you and note that your fund US$36,700.000.00
{Thirty six Million Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars} shall be release to you. Note that you are to pay for the wire transfer fee of your fund that
will be requested by the bank. Kindly contact; Mr. Segun Oloketuyi, the Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Wema Bank Plc,
Email: { } with your Fund Allocation Approval Serial Number: OSB/629578/NIG/GFS63G, as your fund transfer order has been
forward to their bank and you are only required to re-confirm the following;

1) Full Name:.....
2) Contact Address:...
3) Tel/Cell no:...

Any hesitation or procrastination in following up as advised herewith might endanger the transfer of your fund US$36,700.000.00 into your designated Bank account within three Bank working days.

congratulations in advance.

cc: James Roaf,
Senior Regional Representative (I.M.F).
Cc: Christine Lagarde
Managing Director (I.M.F).
Cc: Ben S. Bernanke
Chairman, Federal Reserve Board System,
cc: Mr. Segun Oloketuyi,
Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer,
Wema Bank Plc

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