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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr John Wagner" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 27 Mar 2016 10:34:06 +0100
Subject: Ref: OCC/US.GOVT/REF/027/PMT-072016

Mr John Wagner
Director for Bank and Anti-Money Laundering
Comptroller of the Currency
Administrator of National Banks
Constitution Center
400 7th St SW, Suite 3E-218
Washington D.C. 20219

Ref: OCC/US.GOVT/REF/027/PMT-072016


Attn: Contractor / Inheritance//Beneficiary

Following a fax received today and telex from The department of justice under Federal Reserve Bank of United States, We hereby confirmed to you that, we at the Comptroller of the Currency Washington will advise you to STOP all further communications until you receive the release Pin code from MR ANTHONY THOMSON (CHAIRMAN) ATOM BANK PLC NORTHUMBRIA HOUSE, AKLEY HEADS DURHAM DH1 5TS LONDON, As soon as we receive the PIN CODE we will make direct wire transfer to your account by Swift Telegraphic Transfer.

This Notice has been copied to our Computing System for dispatch to various Outlined Security Agencies if our instruction is neglected after 48 hours. We owe no apology to any defaulter on the legal outcome and consequences emanating from this order after this Warning Notice is received as we must abide with the Law of International Act on Monetary Related Matters Act of Maryland Law 2009 as amended 2012.

Please, also confirm if you have authorized your attorney to change your banking particulars to the following particulars stated below:Mrs Rosemary Pina. 10306 Venitia Real Ave Tampa, FL 33647 USA Wells Fargo Bank of NA Tampa, FL 33647 8902 Regents Park Drive Tampa, FL 33647 A/c Name Mrs Rosemary Pina A/C No: # 1010241670864 , Also re-confirm your Contract Number, Contract Amount, Private Telephone and Fax number, your e-mail address, Office or home address, so that we can cross-check it with our file records.

We have decided to contact you because we suspected that somebody is trying to divert your money through the sworn affidavit of means, into a new different bank account. Already, their associates have requested us to place a cash call order in their favor on your behalf, but we discovered that your signature was forged.

Following our previous fax to CHAIRMAN regarding your payment with our correspondence bank, we have sent you a notification to contact urgently MR ANTHONY THOMSON (CHAIRMAN) ATOM BANK PLC NORTHUMBRIA HOUSE, AKLEY HEADS DURHAM DH1 5TS LONDONto obtain the REVENUE TRANSFER ORDER CERTIFICATE/CLEARANCE IDENTIFICATION PIN NUMBER which will enable usdebit the account and make the necessary wire transfer of your funds into your account. All correspondence and contact will remain open until will receive instructions of REVENUE TRANSFER ORDER CERTIFICATE/CLEARANCE IDENTIFICATION PIN NUMBER/ The International Account Gateway code (IAG Code)/ We expect your urgent confirmation of the release code.

Contact person urgently, You are to forward the documents to us immediately if you have it with you, but if you don’t have it, you are therefore requested to contact the genuinely appointed Office of the ((CHAIRMAN)) MR ANTHONY THOMSON (CHAIRMAN) ATOM BANK PLC NORTHUMBRIA HOUSE, AKLEY HEADS DURHAM DH1 5TS LONDON My Direct phone+44-703-196-0069 (Outside Of The UK.)My Direct phone:+ 44-744-209-4742 Email:

Thank you and feel free to contact me by fax only as we do not entertain any phone / voice contacts please. To enable us release your outstanding payment On-Hold / funds to your designated account.

Your urgent response concerning this transfer is highly anticipated.

Thanks in anticipation


Mr John Wagner
Director for Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering
Comptroller of the Currency

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