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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: "Rev. Pastor John Molnar." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 5 Mar 2014 19:28:07 +0100
Subject: The Truth About Your Funds.

Good Day,
I hope this mail gets to you in good faith.Let me start by introducing myself to you, I am Rev. Pastor John Molnar and a banker by profession with banking experience of 24years.Presently, I am working with the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA (CBN) at the transfer department and am in charge of Foreign Transfer Department.I want to use this opportunity to let you know that I came across your file that was painted Red and marked X and your transfer has been puton pending and hold for so long. I took time to carry out my investigation and only to find out that you have paid VIRTUALLY all fees but the fund was not released to you. Note that the actual funds are valued at $8.5 Million USD.
I'm writing to confirm if you are DEAD or Alive because I am looking for all means to get this fund across to you or your family.I needed to do this because you need to know the statues of your Funds and cause for the delay, please this is like a Mafia setting in Nigeria, and you may not understand it because you are not a Nigerian.I am only doing this because I have the fear of GOD in me and I hate to see people been cheated. The only thing needed to release this fund is the COST OF TRANSFER(C.O.T).
This is to describe the Cost of Transfer fee and how much it will cost . Transfer fee is a mechanism for dividing the net interest income of a financial institution such as,International Monetary Fund (IMF) and Banks among it's constituent business units (such as the deposit, treasury, and the credit groups). Transfer fee makes use of transfer rates to divide the net interest income into manageable components by separately identifying the spread earned from interest rate risk and the spread earned from risks managed by the lines of business such as credit risk. The transfer rate for funds is an interest rate representing the value of those funds to a financial institution IMF and it is mandatory to pay for your transfer fee.
I shall be looking forward to hear from you if you are still very much alive.
Do get in touch with me immediately with my direct number +2348136870232 and email: to conclude this final transaction immediately,and also send to me your convenient-tel/fax numbers for easy communications.
I remain your brother in the Lord Almighty.
Best Regards
Rev. Pastor John Molnar.
Foreign Transfer Department.

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