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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: Gerry Rice <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2021 10:28:01 +0100

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


Beneficiary Of US$50 Million. From The International Monetary Fund &
CIT Bank. 2021.

Congratulations! Congratulations!

While I.M.F serves 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 for 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/Inheritance fund US$50,000.000 which was seized and
confiscated on Tuesday, July 10, 2020 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 CIT 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 2020 International Financial and Allied Matters Act.
Prior to this effect, an irrevocable fund transfer authorization
letter has been forwarded to the remitting bank "CIT Bank" to commence
with the fund transfer as appropriate to you as the beneficiaries with
Fund Allocation Approval Serial Number: OSB/629578/NIG/GFS64G.

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$50,000.000.00USD. (fifty Million United States Dollars Only) shall
be released to you. Kindly contact; Mr. Gerry Rice Email:{ } with your Fund Allocation Approval Serial
Number: OSB/629578/NIG/GFS64G, as your fund transfer order has been
forward to their bank and you are only required to re-confirm the

1. Full Name:
2. Address:
3. Nationality:
4. Age: Date of Birth:
5. Occupation:
6. Phone: Mobile/Cellular
7. State of Origin:
8. Copy of your identity Card front and back:
9. Copy of your driving Licence front and back:
10. Your Private Email:

For verification reasons only. Any hesitation or procrastination in
following up as advised here might endanger the transfer of your fund
US$50,000.000 into your designated Bank account within three Bank
working days.

congratulations in advance.

Gerry Rice, Director,
Chief Economist

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