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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: "SILVERHOLLAND" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <moorecarrick13@yahoo.com.hk>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2011 23:54:50 +0100
Subject: Is This Your Representative Chaunecy Whitley-Jones

Dear:
we use this medium to inform you that we the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is having your Inheritance fund payment of USD$10.5 Million that was approved by the United State Ministry of Justice, here in our custody that we have receive from the United Nation and European Union Account with Federal Reserve Bank as your official Winning/Inherittance payment to be transfer to you as the beneficiary of this fund payment, after we receive your fund payment here in FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK AMERICA Which we will be sending to Citi Bank as the official Transfering/Paying Bank to make sure that you receive this fund payment, we are here to let you know that all the necessary arrangement has been made for you to have your fund payment immediately.
Meanwhile, a woman by the Chaunecy Whitley-Jones came to my office here in Federal Reserve bank of New York America few days ago with a letter of claiming to be your true representative in New York USA to claim your over due Inheritance/Winning  fund payment because you are sick in hospital, here are her informationís which she want to use to claim your fund.
Name:Chaunecy Whitley-Jones
140 W Flagler st  #801
Miami, Fla 33130
United States of America                           
However, do reconfirm to this office as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you so that the FEDERAL  RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK will not be held responsible for paying into a wrong account name because we need to hear from you if you send her or not to avoid wrong payment.so we can open a full communication detail with her in respect of this payment valued USD$10.5 Million and also forward her detail to the Citi Bank for payment,as this transfer has been stated to go to you or your representative Chaunecy Whitley-Jones via Citi Bank Tele-Banking or Direct Bank to bank transfer depending on the one you could prefer to use in geting your fund.
Finally, your urgent respond is needed right away because your fund payment is ready to pay to you but this woman told us that she your representative in Reserve Bank of New York to claim this fund payment, so send us your information where you are going to receive your fund payment as soon as possible because we are waiting to hear from you before we can make the transfer.Contact the Direct Paying officer of the Citi Bank in full charge of your payment with your full information stated bellow.KINDLY SEND YOUR BELLOW DETAIL TO NAME;MR MOORE CARRICK TELEPHONE:+44 7624198271or +44-756-3367184  FAX:+44 870 288 7323 (EMAIL:mooremcarrick@aol.com OR moorecarrick84@yahoo.com.hk
1) YOUR FULL NAME:
2) ADDRESS,CITY,STATE AND COUNTRY.
3) PHONE,FAX AND MOBILE
4) COMPANY NAME(IF ANY) POSITION AND ADDRESS
5) BANK NAMES, ACCOUNT NO,ROUTING NO,SWIFT CODE AND BANK ADDRESS.
6) PROFESSION,AGE AND MARITAL STATUS
7) COPY OF YOUR INT'L PASSPORT/DRIVERS LICENSE
Your respond is highly needed as soon as possible
Mr. LUKERSON RODWELL
The Directors Payment systems
Federal Reserve Bank of New York USA

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