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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: "FUND BENEFICIARY," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <fbiofficechristopher000@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 11 Feb 2019 03:16:37 -0800
Subject: Attn:Dear ATM VISA CARD Owner.......Read Carefully

ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONITORY CRIMES DIVISION
FBI HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
FBI WEB SITE http://www.fbi.gov/
J. EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001
 
FUND BENEFICIARY,
 
INSTRUCTION FROM NEW FBI, CHRISTOPHER WRAY
 
 
 
Attn:Dear ATM VISA CARD Owner.......Read Carefully
 
I, CHRISTOPHER WRAY (DOG) is hereby announcing to you that your ATM VISA CARD worth $10.700.000.00usd received at JFK airport since year 2017 from Nigerian government authorities and Every necessary fees/charges has been paid by senders except $450.00 for CCC custom clearance certificate but a Lady Mrs. Jane Frederick came forward and claimed you sent her to claim your $10,700,000.00 because you are dead that you are having kidney problem in a process of surgery you died .
 
Did you order her to pay for Custom Clearance Certificate (CCC) to claim your fund ATM VISA CARD ? Also be informed that we came to an agreement with the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy Int'l Airport NYC that you will send $450.00 latest tomorrow morning.
 
This is to bring to your notice that we have just been informed through secrete source that the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy International Airport New York are making arrangement to have your contract fund wired into the Bank account of Mrs. Jane Frederick, the lady that contacted them, earlier and presented some documentations evidencing your claim purported to have being signed personally by you for the release of your contract fund to her, since you have chose to ignore their messages and refuse to pay the required $450 for Custom Clearance Certificate charges as imposed, despite the advise we gave to you.
 
I want to personally assure you once again that you will have every course to smile and be happy upon conclusion of this project, as we will continue monitoring all your services with them at all level as well as your correspondence, until you have received your ATM VISA CARD accordingly. As a LEGAL OWNER, we are here to protect your interest and that is the reason why we are doing all we can to make sure all goes well, this is a huge amount of money which we don't wish for you to lose.
 
We understand that the imposed fee might be too much for you to pay so to further make things easier for you, we have discussed with the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy International Airport New York pleaded on your behalf for them to give you the grace of sending half of the charges $450 for now after which the Diplomatic Agent makes the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD to you then once you receive your fund, you can then pay the balance of$450 ,
 
All we want you to do right now is to send the half of the money with the name listed below so we can forward it to Nigerian Customs authority to help us optain the Custom Clearance Certificate and the diplomat will make the delivery to your home address tomorrow morning by 9:00 AM
 
 
PAYMENT INFORMATION THROUGH WESTERN UNION ONLY.
 
Receivers Name=== Anthony Awele
Country:========Nigeria
City.==========Lagos
Text Questiom---when
answer======== today
Amount:=====$450 USD Only
 
Senders Name.===
MTCN Numbers.==
 
try and make the payment via western Union money transfer or money gram.
 
Contact us right away and let me know when you send half of the charges as we discussed with them to enable them route your fund to you with immediate effect. This is a life time opportunity and we will advise you take advantage of it, before it is too late to do so.
 
God bless you!
Thanks.
Yours in service,
 
 
Best Regards,
 
CHRISTOPHER WRAY(DOG)(officeoffice591@aol.com)
BADGE JTT0471011111
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535
 
 

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