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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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Fraud email example:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Sep 2013 05:22:06 -0500

Federal Bureau of Investigation
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C.
This is to officially inform you that we have completed our investigation with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring Network System that your legally acquired funds of $800,000.00 USD.(Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) has finally been released by the paying agency outside the United States of America.
During our investigation we discovered that your money and transfer of these funds had been placed on hold by corrupt officials of these agencies.
Normally, it will take up to 10 business days for an International Check to be cashed by your local banks. We have successfully notified this company on your behalf that your funds is to be withdrawn from a registered bank within the United States of America in order to enable you cash the check instantly without any further delay, henceforth the stated amount of $800,000.00 USD. has been deposited with Bank of America.
We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to receive your money because we have verified the entire transaction to be Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been deposited with the Bank Of America, you will be required to settle the following bills directly to the Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is located in here in United States according to our discoveries, you are required to pay for the following - ĚDeposit Fee's (Fee's paid by the company for the deposit into an American Bank). Which is as follows.
Cashier's Check
Conversion Fee (Fee for converting the Wire)
Transfer payment into a Certified Cashier's Check)
The total amount is $220.00 (Two Hundred and twenty USD.)We attempted in deducting the required fee of $220 from the funds but we realized that the money had already been deposited at Bank Of America and cannot be accessed by anyone except the legal owner (you); therefore you will be required to pay for this services if you wish to have your Certified Cashier's Check delivered to you.
In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be required to contact the agent in-charge that came for your delivery via e-mail.( ).
You will be required to e-mail him with the following
You will also be required to request the transfer details on how to send the required $220.00 for immediate delivery of your Certified Cashier's Check valued at $800,000.00 USD drawn from Bank of America, kindly include the following Fund Reference Identification: EA2948-910.
This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation is authorizing you to pay the required $220.00 ONLY to AGENT via the confidential information that he will provide to you, if you do not receive your Certified Cashier's Check valued at $800,000.00 we shall be held responsible for the loss and this shall invite a penalty of $3,000 which will be made PAYABLE ONLY to you (The Beneficiary).
Agent Mark A. Morgan
Special Agent in Charge
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Intelligence Field Unit
El Paso Federal Justice Center
660 South Mesa Hills Drive
El Paso, CT.,06473 USA
FBI Public Affairs Director - James B. Comey

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