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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: "James B. Comey, Jr" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2016 05:17:19 -0800
Subject: Security Interception of Unsolicited Business Transaction.z

FBI Washington Field Office
601 4th Street NW
Washington, DC 20535,
Tele/ fax (202) 278-2478
Terrorist Screening, checkmating Money laundry/Trafficking, Bank Fraud Scam.
Attention: SIR
Security Interception of Unsolicited Business Transaction.
I am James B. Comey, Jr, the new FBI director nominated by President Barack Obama to replace the previous director Robert S. Mueller due to internal logical protocols guiding international and local transactions, my tenure represent peace, equity and justice and rule of law shall prevail, my duty is to ensure global maximum security and to protect fundamental human rights.  FBI has increased their priorities because of the recent global terrorist threat; find below the interception information of the sum $15.5 million United States dollars  manifested in your name as the beneficiary, we have every  evidence to prosecute this case, movement of funds from different countries based on the security Intel exposing links of terrorism sponsorship.
1)        FBI global security wire tape has confirmed that the sum of  $15.5 million United States dollars have been severally  attempted to be release in your name through different methods  like automated card payment system method (ATM) Consignment  Diplomatic Delivery, Bank Wire Transfer. Every attempts by your  partners to move this funds according to your instructions have been futile and frustrated by the FBI global security hard disc  which is been controlled by World Bank international security  server , the amount in your name have been abandoned under government security vault which is against international law of money movements, terrorism and trafficking, i met your file at the security strong room with every other transactionís relevant  documents without the other three compulsory documents mentioned  in this message.
2. Our security Intel have confirmed your email address on the payment manifest booklet, I have clinically crosschecked the manifest and discovered that several business transactions have been linked to your email address, you have consented by either sending money to them or aid the transactions by providing your information for the movement of the funds through several means, your email address is on the hard disc.
Security Order: The amount registered in your name is $15.5 million United States dollars which you have to secure the below documents to enable our appointed agents to release your funds according to international government protocols or I will submit your file for legal prosecution if you refuse to pay the official fee of $295 United states dollars through the accredited representative.
Use the below information to contact the representative for payment instructions to secure the below three government documents for immediate release of your intercepted funds according to FBI security description.
A. International Fund Release Clearance Permit Certificate
B. Fund Authorization Legal Certificate
C. International Fund Confirmation Order Certificate.
A) Your full names and address.
B) Your direct telephone/
C) Copy of your either driverís license or Int'l passport.
D) The amount of your fund expected to pay you.
E) Your state and country of origin.
F) Your sex, age and occupation.
We are now waiting for the three certificates so that your funds will be released according to government international security law, you should either follow the instructions or accept court prosecution, do not allow ignorance to affect your sense of reasoning. You should put behind your past dealings with crooks from different country now that i have contacted you, you have only two working days to submit the above mentioned certificates if you do not want to blame yourself for ignoring security instructions, you will be issued an official receipt once you observe the official fee.
James B. Comey, Jr (TSGFB/13-PL.3R49)
New Director FBI
Cc: Homeland Security Council
Cc: International Police

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