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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: "Daniel K Tarullo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <danielk.tarullo52@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 02:27:49 +0100
Subject: Fund Credit Officer Federal Reserve Bank New York

FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD NEW YORK
33 LIBERTY STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10038.
 
ATTENTION BENEFICIARY:
 
CONTRACT FUNDS - CREDITED FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE BOARD.
 
We received an instruction from IMF to credit US$8,500,000,00 to your account.
Your response is required to enable us credit your account and you are also required to get back to
us with the following information immediately;
 
 
Your Full Name and Address.:
Your Confidential Tel, Cell and Fax.
Your Bank name and address.:
Your A/c Name and A/c Numbers.: 
Your Swift Code / Routing Numbers.:
Your Current Occupation And Your Working ID.
 
The above information is very important, especially for
easy communication and to avoid crediting your fund to a wrong account.
 
CONGRATULATIONS IN ADVANCE!
Please be fast on this matter. Thanks and God bless you.
Yours faithfully,
Mr. Daniel K. Tarullo
Fund Credit Officer Federal Reserve Bank New York.
http://www.federalreserve.gov/
 

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