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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: fbi office <>
Reply-To: fbi office <>
Date: Mon, 1 Dec 2014 07:10:18 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

 Anti-Terrorist And Monetary Crimes Division
FBI Headquarters, Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation
J.Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, Nw Washington, D.C. 20535-0001


This e-mail has been issued to you in order to Officially inform you that
we have completed an investigation on an International Payment in which  was issued to you by an International Lottery Company. With the help of  our newly developed technology (International Monitoring Network System)  we discovered that your e-mail address was automatically selected by an  Online Balloting System, this has legally won you the sum of $2.4million  USD from a Lottery Company outside the United States of America. During  our investigation we discovered that your e-mail won the money from an Online Balloting System and we have authorized this winning to be paid to you via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK

Normally, it will take up to 5 business days for an INTERNATIONAL
CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT by your local bank. We have successfully notified  this company on your behalf that funds are to be drawn from a registered bank within the world wind, so as to enable you cash the check instantly  without any delay,henceforth the stated amount of $2.4million USD has been  deposited with IMF

We have completed this investigation and you are hereby approved to
receive the winning prize as we have verified the entire transaction to be  Safe and 100% risk free, due to the fact that the funds have been
deposited with IMF you will be required to settle the following bills
directly to the Lottery Agent in-charge of this transaction whom is
located in Cotonou, Benin Republic. According to our discoveries, you were required to pay for the following, Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I

(1) Deposit Fee's ( IMF INTERNATIONAL CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE ) (2) Shipping  Fee's ( This is the charge for shipping the Cashier's Check to your home

The total amount for everything is $96.00 We have tried our possible best  to indicate that this $96.00 should be deducted from your winning prize but we found out that the funds have already been deposited IMF and cannot  be accessed by anyone apart from you the winner, therefore you will be required to pay the required fee's to the Agent in-charge of this  transaction In order to proceed with this transaction, you will be
required to contact the agent in-charge (Mr.KEVIN RUBEN) via e-mail. Kindly  look below to find appropriate contact information:

)PHONE NUMBER: +22999511139
You will be required to e-mail him with the following information:


You will also be required to request Western Union or Money Gram details on how to send the required $96.00 in order to immediately ship your  prize of $2.4million USD via INTERNATIONAL CERTIFIED BANK DRAFT from IMF,  also nclude the following transaction code in order for him to immediately identify this transaction : EA2948-910.

This letter will serve as proof that the Federal Bureau Of Investigation
is authorizing you to pay the required $96.00 ONLY to MR KEVIN RUBEN  information in which he shall send to you,

Mr.James Comey
Federal Bureau of Investigation F B I
Yours in Service,Photograph of Director
Mr.James Comey Director Office of Public Affairs
Welcome once more to FBI Homepage

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