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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: "Federal Reserve Bank USA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Mar 2016 00:59:59 -0700
Subject: Re

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
We apologies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences we
might put you through, while we were having some minor problems with our
payment system which in all case not meeting up with fund beneficiary
payments, we apologies once again.
From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with federal
Government of NIGERIA and U.S.A Government,your name was discovered as
next on the list out of the 11 outstanding contractors who have not yet
received their payments during the 3 years tenure of the previous
administration in office please bear with us for making this initial
contact through email. Meanwhile, a woman came to this bank a few days ago
with a letter claiming to be your true representative and she is willing to
pay $250 the wire/transfer charge to have the fund delivered to her. Here
is her informations below.
Name: Mrs.Annette stillman
Bank name: Citibank , Arizona , USA .
Account Number: 6503809008
Routing number: 322271627
Swift code#:WMSBUS66
Address: 1723 Palmdale Bulv
Palmdale ca..93550
Please do reconfirm to this bank as a matter of urgency if this woman is
from you or not so that the federal government will not beheld responsible
for paying into wrong account, if this woman is not your representative,
you requested to fill and send this informations for verification
purpose so that your fund valued ($22.5m usd) will be remitted in to your
nominated bank account.
Secondly,the only money you pay for the transfer to take place is just $250
being the approval payment certification from the government and you are
giving a limited time to send the payment and please be advise that you
are to send the payment to American Embassy office in Nigeria .Do contact
us immediately,for the payment details.
As soon as the Payment information is received, your funds will be wired
to your bank account directly from Federal Reserve Bank New York USA,We
shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mrs. Annette
Stillman if we do not hear from you within the next three working days
from today. We are sorry for any inconvenience the delay in transferring
of your fund must have caused you.
Awaiting your urgent response.
Janet L. Yellen
Chairman Board of Governors,
Federal Reserve Bank

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