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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: " Janet L. Yellen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:02:45 +0200
Subject: I am Janet L. Yellen, the newly-sworn Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank.

Dear Beneficiary,

I am Janet L. Yellen, the newly-sworn Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank. You will get more information about me here.

I have made it my first point of call since taking office to settle all compensation outstanding payments accrued to individuals/corporations with respect to local and overseas contract payment, debt re-scheduling and outstanding compensation payment. This is to make sure all outstanding payments are settled before the end of the fiscal year 2014. I have your file here in my office and it says that you are yet to receive your fund valued at $8,500,000 (Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only) as compensation outstanding payment owed to you.

This money will now be transferred to your nominated bank account or your preferred payment option. You are advised to kindly reply this email with the below details enclosed to our customer care below to help us process your payment;

They have start the delivery of your fund to this address on 10/17/2014 - Friday by 6:53 am Shipment information sent to FedEx and Delivered to Actual delivery : Wed 10/22/2014 11:58 am EDKTON, MD US

This is the tracking number to confirm your parcel. 803242043407

The U.S.COMPENSATION Officers called us that the parcel is address wrong and you needs to confirm your address again before delivery to your home.

(1) Full Names:(2) Residential Address:(3) Current Phone Number:(4) Age:(5) Country of Residence:(6) Occupation:

Service: FedEx International Priority
Clearance detail link: Clearance detail
Delivered To: Residence
Total shipment weight: 1.1 lbs / 0.5 kgs

This is the agent you will contact for more information on how to get your fund in your home address.

Contact Customer Care: J.SUDLER
Email: or
Tel: +1 850 889 8818

The delivery charges have been paid but i did not pay their official keeping fees since they refused. They refused and the reason is that they do not know when you are going to contact them and your parcel demurrage might have increase. They told me that their official keeping fees AND will start counting after two days its deposited and I deposited it today I deposited the said package in the Company as a cotton materials for security reasons. This is the registration Number of your Package 0113388 so do not let the company to know the real contents of the package so that they can deliver it to you safely. You have to pay them official keeping fees is $350 so that they can deliver your package to you without any delaying.


RECIEVERS NAME : …… Michelle Marihugh
QUESTION : How are you
SENDER'S NAME: ................

Money transfer control number (MTCN)
Senders Name………….
Senders address………

We are waiting your prompt response.

Thanks for your co-operation as I wait to hear from you.

Janet L. Yellen Chair,
U.S. Federal Reserve Bank Note:
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