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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: "Mr Sam Woods" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2016 11:51:33 -0500
Subject: Financial Services Authority

Financial Services Authority
25, The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
E14 5HS
Dear Client ,
We wish to inform you that you have been recommended by the World Bank and also the U.S treasury Department to pay you your compensation fund worth $13.5 Million Dollars is based on the understanding and current proposed legislative payment agreement. United States Department of the Treasury is a member of the financial services compensation scheme established under the financial services and market act 2000 as at 31 Feb 1999, United States Department of the Treasury is subjected to pay all outstanding debts within the World Bank Group Switzerland including the Department of the U.S Treasury/United Nation, and Deposits denominated in all currencies and treated alike.
The major reason why your funds is moved out of bank of america to City National Bank is for safe keeping, ever since the funds was awarded in your name, the City National Bank have been receiving different application across the world claiming to be relative of yours and you sent them to inherit your funds but after proper investigation was carried out we decided to contact the world bank to get your direct contact as the rightful beneficiary, I am glad we finally get in touch with you.
All you need to do right away is to contact the below bank details and apply for fund transfer into any designated bank of your choice.
BANK HOP: DR. Russell Goldsmith
TEL:       +1 (386) 401-2587
Fax:       +1 (386) 401-2587
I advice you reach the bank immediately before someone else does, also I will be here if you need any assistance to complete your transfer.
NB; If you have anymore question do not hestitate to contact me regarding this matter.
Yours in Service
Russell Goldsmith
Mr Sam Woods
Chief Executive Officer of the City National Bank

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