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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:51:12 -0800

Branch: 60603
Address: 135 S Lasalle St Chicago, IL 60603 US
Financial Solutions Advisor: MICHAEL BARR
Telex: 08661 Credit/BOA.

We apologies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences this might put you through, while we were having some minor problems with our payment system which in all case not meeting up with fund beneficiary payments, we apologies once again.

From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with Federal Government of U.S.A your name was discovered as next on the list out of the 11 outstanding contractors who have not yet received their payments during the 3 years tenure of the previous administration in office please bear with us for making this initial contact through email. Meanwhile, a woman came to this bank a few days ago with a letter claiming to be your true representative. Here is her information’s below.

Name: Mrs. Rose Stillman
Bank name: Citizens State Bank , Arizona , USA .
Account Number: 6503809008
Routing number: 322271627
Swift code#:CISBUS66
Address: 1723 Palmdale Bulv Palmdale ca.93550

Please do reconfirm to this bank as a matter of urgency if this woman is from you or not so that this Bank will not beheld responsible for paying into wrong account, if this woman is not your representative, you are requested to fill and send this information’s for verification's purpose so that your fund valued ($10.500,000.00 USD) will be remitted in to your nominated bank account through our Cemac Online Telegraphic Wire Transfer System without query from Government Incom Tax Department of United State.

Kindly reconfirm to the bank the following details

1. Bank Name:
2. Account Holder's Name:
3. Bank account number:
4. Route number:
5. Swift code:
6. Your telephone number:
7. Company name:
8. Occupation:
9. Position:
10. Age:
11. Home Address:
12. Working Id/ int’l Passport or Drivers License:

As soon as this information is received, we shall process your fund remittance through Online Banking immediately directly from this BANK OF AMERICA (BOA). We shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mrs. Rose Stillman if we do not hear from you within the next three working days from today. We are sorry for any inconvenience the delay in transferring of your fund must have caused you.

You alerted reply urgent

Financial Solutions Advisor: MICHAEL BARR

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