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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 New York" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 13:56:13 +0300
Subject: Foreign Payment Allocation Security Code (US/A84PRFGN2016)

Federal Reserve Bank New York
Ref.: Payment Release Update.
Amount Valued: US$12,800,000.00.
                                    Foreign Payment Allocation Security Code (US/A84PRFGN2016)
Attention: Beneficiary,
The newly-sworn Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank. You will get more information about me here.
By means of this message, we wish to inform you that your hour of compensation and actualization has come after our meeting with the United Nations, Bank of America, Central Bank of Nigeria and the Federal Reserve Bank officials, it has been agreed that your real approved funds valued US$10,500,000.00 and the compensation of US$2,800,000.00 (Total US$12,800,000.00) will now be processed and released to your Bank Account through Wire Transfer Department of the Federal Reserve Bank New York.
However, it may interest you to know that after the meeting, with the Bank of America, Central Bank of Nigeria and Office of the Director On-line Account Department have entered into full partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank and your funds Total valued US$12,800,000.00 will now be credited to your Bank Account by the Wire Transfer Department of the Federal Reserve Bank as soon as you make contact with me.
To this effect, you are to contact us with the details below for the immediate release of your funds.
Full Name:...............
Bank Name:--------------------------
Account No.:------------------------
Routing No.:------------------------
Swift Code:-------------------------
Account Name:-----------------------
Thanks for banking with Federal Reserve Bank New York while we looking forward to serving you with the best of our service. All you need to due is to open online bank account with them and the only fee you will send is $500, so that you can transfer your fund yourself to your bank account in your state.
Thanks and Congratulations in Advance.
Best Regards,
Contact E-mail:
Text: 484 445 0680

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