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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: Johnson
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 5 Dec 2015 04:27:51 +0100
Subject: YOUR RESPONDS NEEDED TODAY FROM FinCen Financial Monitoring Chief USA.?




I am compel to write you this day to inform you that our financial crimes monitoring unit discovered a huge sum of money to a tune of US$10 .5M in your email address and your name with a security firm, we have monitored the fund very closely and discovered that the discrepancies relating to the release of the fund to you has not been resolved

However, our further investigation reveals that the above fund that belong to you was deposited in a bank to generate an INTEREST which they wanted to divert, we contacted the bank where the fund was deposited not to release the accrued INTEREST to the depositors and the resolution was agreed between our office and the bank

In view of the above matter, at the date of maturity we move in and move the accrued INTEREST from your above fund to a bank in California (The Provident Bank) and we will ordered the bank to release the INTEREST FUND (US$2.3M) to your in any nominated bank details you will submit to them that will enhance them to transfer the fund to you without any delay. We will be mandating the bank to contact you or you will contact them for this INTEREST FUND and we want you to do whatever you can and ensure that the fund is release to you without any delay.

We embarked on this, knowing fully well that the depositors will come back for the INTEREST FUND and if you make any further delay this fund might not be release to you, we urge and advice that you hasten up and ensure that the fund is release to you.

You are advice to re-confirm your full details: your name, your address, your direct telephone number and a copy of your ID

We remain committed to serve you better


MR .Bruce Johnson

FinCen Financial Monitoring Chief

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