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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: "Alex Palazzolo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 14:46:31 +0100
Subject: *****SPAM***** REPLY NOW

Good day Sir/Mar
Your funds are now with the USA Federal Reserve Board System for onward transfer to your wire instructions.
You would receive your funds via Automated Clearing House (ACH) network transfer from Escrow account with Federal Reserve Board System (FRB). It will interest you to know that the National Automated Clearinghouse Association (NACHA) whom is the final settlement of you payment has will credit your bank account under 24 instant ACH wire to your bank.
Kindly clarify with us. One Mr Adams Smith from California with a bank details form (Wells Fargo Bank California branch) claimed you instructed him to receive your funds on your behalf. In this regards, we urge that you stop all further communication with who so ever you have been dealing with to enable us perfect a smooth and easy ACH wire electronic transfer to your bank account for your disposal as we will not be held for any wrong payment. 
It is imperative you re-confirm to this office the following details. This is to enable us know we are dealing with the right person. Also be informed, any
Information you provide would be kept highly confidential.
1    Your Full Name (As it is in ID)
2    Contact Address
3    D.O.B
4    Present Occupation
5    Telephone / mobile
Note; the above information is to crosscheck with what we have in record to avoid making mistake.
Thanks as I look forward to your quick respond.
Best Regards,
Alex Palazzo


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