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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. LUKERSON RODWELL" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 19:33:04 -0700
Subject: Federal Reserve Bank of New York Official Payment valued $10.5M
New Page 1
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/Inheritance 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 Transferring/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 Chauncey 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 Chauncey Whitley-Jones via Citi
Bank Tele-Banking or Direct Bank to bank transfer depending on the one you could
prefer to use in getting 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
FBI NOTICE: FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION FBI. WASHINGTON DC. It has come to
our notice in our Headquarters building (F.B.I) that your impending funds from
CITIBANK AND FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF UNITED STATE, which was intercepted, has
not been released to you ,We noticed that you made several attempt to transfer
your funds but to no avail. Our investigation continued to the Citi Bank Fund
Monitoring Unit Department (F.B.I), the monitoring team gave an unsatisfactory
report to your transaction; hence the chairman is presently under investigation
for conspiracy with your representative with intension to divert your funds.You
are advised to desist from contacting anyone including your agent or
representative in these regard, International Monetary Fund has taken full
responsibility to transfer your fund to you direct to get in-touch with the
bellow FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION,FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, CITIBANK AND THE
COMMERCIAL AND COMMERCIAL & ADMIRALTY COURT NEW YORK UNITED STATES OF AMERICA&nb
bellow. KINDLY SEND YOUR BELLOW DETAIL TO NAME; MR MOORE CARRICK TELEPHONE:+44
7624198271 or +44-756-3367184 FAX:+44 870 288 7323 (EMAIL:email@example.com
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