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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: "InforCitibnk" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 18:13:48 -0700

399 Park Avenue,
New York, NY 10022
Attention:Mr.Ivan Rodionova Baklanoff
1123 North Eutaw St, Suite 705
Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 21201-2224
Dear Sir,
I write to officially acknowledge receipt of your application letter submitted by your attorney for the claim of the aforementioned funds belonging to you. Be informed that your application is in process by our approval department following our receipt of Fund Release Order documents(FROD) for effective release of your fund as requested in your attorney's application.
In view of this we write to officially inform you that the sum of US$10,000,000.00(Ten Million United States Dollars)only is being processed and will be released for final credit to your bank as stated below:
Bank of America
Account #: 357117361014
Address: 100 South Charles St,Baltimore, MD USA 21201
Swift code: BOFAU S 3N
Beneficiary name: Ivan Rodionova Baklanoff.
However, the approved said credit will remain ON-HOLD with our Bank International Outgoing Transfer System for Seventy-two(72)hours pending your provision of a Non-Indegenous Participatory Status Permit(NIPSP)as this is in conformity with the United States Treasury Department for banking regulations regarding funds that came from outside the United States especially Africa due to frauds and scams.
By these recognition,this bank under Section 15 Paragraph 11,article 19(A)of the enabling Act 2011 and in strict compliance to the Article 158 section(B)of the bank Operation Act of 1997 as amended by the Bank US Treasury Department will issue the payment approvals via this bank to ensure smooth and onward release of funds to your designated bank account.
Note,the said charges required for your NIPSP cannot be deducted from the principal sum due to the insurance policy tag(IPT) on it by the US Treasury Department to avoid fund diversion,fraud,scam or interception which is of your interest.
You are advised to observe this measure favourably to ensure smooth credit of funds to your designated bank account as scheduled. Feel free to contact me upon the receipt of this message for further clarification. We look forward to being of continued service to you.
Your immediate settlement remains urgent.
Thank you for your support and we look forward to being continued service to you.
Thank you,
Yours Sincerely.
Ms. Barbara J. Desoer (CEO)

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