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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:

Date: Fri, 2 Jul 2010 10:53:28 +0100
Subject: Re: I am Timothy Geithner,
Secretary of the United States National Treasury.

Good day to you, I am Timothy Geithner, Secretary of the United States
National Treasury.President Barack Obama nominated me to be the 75th
secretary of the treasury on January 20th, 2009. I am the president's
leading policy adviser on a broad range of domestic and international
economic issues.I have spent most of my career at the U.S. Treasury, which
I joined in 1988 after having worked three years in the private sector for
Kissinger Associates.

Before going to the IMF, I Geithner was undersecretary for international
affairs at the Treasury Department under then- Secretary Lawrence
Summers.I played a major role in the Treasury's efforts to contain the
Asian financial crisis in 1997 and 1998. A biography, furnished by the New
York Fed, highlights my management responsibilities. I am the director
of the Policy Development and Review Department at the IMF, which has a
staff of 180 people.

As a Treasury official, I Geithner participated in a number of
international negotiations, including agreement on international banking
standards known as the Basel accord, and an agreement that created the
IMF's expanded emergency reserve fund.I am married and has two children to
my Name, also received my bachelor's degree in government and Asian
studies from Dartmouth College and a master's degree in economics and East
Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University.

Kindly visit the website below to view my personal profile.


The United Nations have given me due instructions, alongside with the World
Bank to wire the sum of $10Million US Dollars Only into your Bank Account
in a Legal way, been for an unpaid contract/inherittance/lottery fund in
Contractors Category [A] Record file..

For this reason I have contacted you. Below is the Required Documents:

1: United Nations Stop Order Document
2: World Bank Clearance Certificate
3: Proof of Ownership Certificate.

These three documents are needed before i can proceed with the transfer of
the total fund into your Nominated bank account.The United States
Department of Justice, can help you secure this needed documents,I will
furnish with the contact detail of whom to contact,so that this
transaction can be completed without delay.

In the meantime, I want you to re-Confirm the following details to me for
your case file processing.

Legal First and Last Name:
Complete Residential Address & Age
Direct Telephone No & Fax
Legal Occupation and Position
Address of Occupation

Please get back to me as soon as possible.

Thanks and God Bless you.

Mr. Timothy Geithner,
Executive Secretary United States Treasury
Department Main Treasury1500 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C. 20220.
Personal E-mail:
Official E-mail:

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