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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:

Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 20:29:03 -0500
Subject: US Treasury Secretary

From: [] Subject: I am Jack Lew, Secretary=
of the United States National Treasury. Date: JULY 5, 2014 Reply-To: godwi= Return-Path: <> RE: RE=
GARDING PAYMENT FILE# 806XT680/IRSCODE751 After the meeting held on the 11/=
08/2013 by world banks delegates concerning all outstanding debt to be rele=
ased to beneficiaries their money that was recovered from corrupt African b=
ank officials due to their inability to remit the fund to its beneficiary. =
Base on the record we have, your nheritance/ contract fund is $5,538000USD =
(five million three hundred and thirty eight thousand dollars) and i wish t=
o inform you that your fund was released to us on MAY/05/2014 in a form ATM=
Master Card. Your fund has been made available to you via Automated teller=
machine known (ATM) which will be mailed to your address. For due processi=
ng of your ATM Master Card, you must contact your claims officer not later =
than March 15th 2013 After this date, all funds will be returned to the acc=
ount of National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators as an unc=
laimed funds. The only charges you will be required to pay is $570 for IMF/=
IRS bulk transfer permit certificate to be issued to the bank so that the F=
BI will not intercept your transfer or block the banks transfer data as soo=
n as your ATM CARD is activated so that the fund can be loaded accordingly.=
The IRS will also procure the security certificates to the bank before you=
ATM CARD can be permitted to leave for your destination. With this ATM car=
d you can withdraw money from any ATM machine because your fund will be cre=
dited into an ATM Master Card instead of Visa Card. The process of your bul=
k transfer permit certificate will take 8hrs to be completed and its delive=
ry depends on your availability to receive it as the consignment can only b=
e sent when you notify us the day you will be available to receive it. The =
US department of treasury will charge you to pay $23000.00 after you have r=
eceived your ATM. This simply means you will be required to withdraw $23000=
.00 tax fee from your ATM Card within one weeks after you have received you=
r ATM CARD, Failure to do so the IRS will order the bank to invalidate your=
ATM CARD. Contact Bernard Murphy who is the director of Debt Management of=
fice: Email: N.B: Due to the mix up of some number=
s and names, we ask that you keep this strictly confidentail from public no=
tice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your AT=
M CARD. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or u=
nscrupulous acts by unknown entrant. Provide the following information for =
the delivery of your ATM Card: Full Name:____________ Current Address:_____=
_______ Home Phone #:____________ Cell Phone#:____________ Occupation:_____=
_______ Age:____________ Note: If you don't want to pay the required $570 k=
indly delete this message because you would have paid more than $10000.00 t=
o the African bank but we made it easy for you and all that you are require=
d to do is to pay $570 so if you feel you cannot pay it then there is nothi=
ng we can do for you but return your fund back to its originated bank becau=
se we are aware of how much you have spent trying to get this fund. The FMS=
has made it easy for you to spent less and get your fund. On behalf of the=
financial management service of the US Treasury I say congratulations to y=
ou. Yours faithfully, Jack Lew US Treasury Secretary

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