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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, 22 Jun 2013 01:37:27 -0300
Subject: FBI Official Notice: The Anti Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division

FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20535-0001
PHONE: (202) 4554 920
Attention:Fund Beneficiary
FBI Official Notice: The Anti Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division has discovered through our Global Monitoring Unit that the sum of $10,500,000.00 has been released from the Central Bank of Nigeria to the Bank of America Bearing your name as the beneficiary.
The Central Bank Of Nigeria Knowing fully well that they do not have enough facilities to effect this payment directly into your account from Nigeria, Used what is known as secret Diplomatic Transfer to effect the payment. This method of transfer is applied only when the fund is related to terrorist or money laundering activities.
If your transaction is legit and you are not related to terrorist or money laundering activities, then why must your payment be made via secrete Diplomatic Transfer? and why did you not receive the money directly into your Bank account? For security reasons, the said amount of $10,500,000.00 has been stopped by the FBI for proper investigations before final credit into your personal account.
As a matter of urgency, you are required to provide a Diplomatic Immunity Seal of transfer Certificate from the Fund Originated Country within 72 hours in order to prove that the fund you are about to receive is not related to terrorist or money laundering activities.
Failure to comply with our instructions within 72 hours, will leave us with no other option than to impound the payment and  arrest you for money laundering and terrorism which will lead to jail term if you are found guilty as charged.
For further directives regarding the obtaining of the Diplomatic Immunity Seal of transfer Certificate from the Fund originated country, you are required to reconfirm your personal details as required below:
(1) Full Name
(2) Address
(3) Home/Cell Phone
(4) Age, Sex and Occupation
We shall monitor and facilitate the release of your payment of $10,500,000.00 into your personal account upon the confirmation of the needed diplomatic immunity seal of transfer certificate.
Final Warning: You have less than 72 hours to obtain the above mentioned certificate.
Yours In Service,
PHONE: (202) 4554 920
CC: Bank Of America
CC: International Monetary Funds (IMF)
CC: U.S Boarder And Customs Protection

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