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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 10:44:15 -0700
Subject: Your Payment Notification From Jp Morgan Chase.

3731 Wilshire Blvd,
Los Angeles,California (CA).
Direct Tel : 213-444-0975.

Attn : Beneficiary,

I am writing to you as instructed from our Head office in new york to notify you that we have officially received a payment credit instruction from the International Monetary Funds(IMF) World Bank,United Nations Organization and British Government to release and pay all outstanding Inheritances/contract payments,lottery payments which is overdue and have not been paid out to the direct Beneficiaries and as well scammed victims been scammed in one way or the other .

This arrangement was initiated/constituted after their UNGA United Nations General Assembly meeting last week here in California with the U.S.A Government,
World Bank,United Nations Organization and British Government due to the fraudulent activities/elaborate global scam going on within the Entire Globe with the most occurrences in Africa,this payment arrangement is to enable beneficiaries to receive their fund Without any further interference or delay.

If you are a victim to any form of fraud or scam below,please indicate:

( 1). Online Dating/Relationships (2). Online classifieds/ Marketplaces (eg.,,,,, e.t.c) (3). Online Lottery (U.K Lotto, Coca -cola Lottery e.t.c) (4). Nigerian Oil and Gas (e.g NNPC, Shell, Mobil e.t.c)
(5). Next of Kin/ beneficiary (CBN, Mariam Abacha, Prof Charles Soludo, e.t.c) (6). Online Theft (Bank accounts, Credit Cards,,, Nochex e.t.c) (7). False Pet sales, Accommodation rentals including false House sales (e.g Craigslist, Houseforrent, Kijiji e.t.c) (8). Email account theft (Yahoo, Hotmail/Msn, GMail e.t.c) (9). Checks/Cheque Money Order & A.T.M Fraud.

We are to credit your bank account with your full contract payment/compensation funds with the sum of $800 million united states dollars as one of the beneficiaries through the IMF reserve account with the JP Morgan chase bank .

Note that NGOs, Finance Companies, Banks,Security Companies and Courier companies which have been in contact with you of late are not for real,you are instructed to back off from any transaction you have with them and you are hereby adviced to stop dealing with those unprofessional ,unpatriotic Bank officials telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them,they are impostors who keep on frustrating every effort to settle beneficiaries by making requests for unauthorized fees and levies.

Be informed that every arrangement regarding your payment has been made;you are to re-confirm your full information which will be used to start up the processing of your funds to your Nominated account via a secured Transfer channel.

Your Full Name:--------
Your Complete Address:----------
Your Direct Mobile Number:--------------
Your Direct Telephone Number:------------
Present Occupation:---------
Age :-----------------
Copy of your personal identification:------

Finally you are advised to adhere to our instructions and keep this information Highly confidential as it is not made open to the public, this is to enable this office release your funds to you within the stipulated time given.

Feel free to text/sms me on phone : 213-444-0975 immediately on receipt of this email for clearifications on this matter as we shall be avaliable 24 hrs to reply to your text and give you the necessary guidelines on how to ensure that your payment is wired to you immediately/No calls please as we may not be chanced to answer all calls.

Your Prompt Co-operation is highly imperative.

Yours Truly.

Mr. Carlos Scott.
Financial Director JPMorgan Chase & Co Los Angeles,California (CA).

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