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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: "Comptroller of the Currency" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 05:21:59 -0500
Subject: External Debt Conversion Committee

Comptroller of Currency Administration of National Banks
340 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10173-0699, U.S.A
Attention of Wang Yingge

Subject: Telegraphic Transfer Of US$12.8million by Order of External Debt Conversion Committee.
Responding to telex instruction received from Federal Reserve Bank of America / White House External Debt Conversion Committee /
Department of Treasury with Release Code No: USA/HJ/744-NZ37X/157842 requesting us to inform you of your outstanding overdue contract/
next kin payment with Federal Government of Nigeria. By the power entrusted on the Controller of the Currency We have been mandated
to release with immediate effect your credit value following the approval of your outstanding payment via International Key Tested Telex (KTT).
Through our Bank International Clearing House.

The National Bank International Clearing House, irrevocably and unconditionally Guarantee the above payment to be effected for the first
quota of 2017, Subject and in accordance with statutory provision for payment under Schedule C of 2017.
To the full extent permitted by White House External Debt Conversion Committee / Department of Treasury.
The OCC International Clearing House shall not be liable for any consequences beyond control in the event that the
Beneficiary refuses or delay to contact the IMF Delegate,(Dr. Rita Martins ) presently in London United Kingdom only on her Direct Tel: +44 770-009-2428
Email:( to reconfirm their banking and contract/next of kin information and secure his/her A-100 Release code No of their payment,
any liability which the OCC may incur is hereby limited.
To enable us release your outstanding payment On-Hold with our payee bank of settlement to your designated bank account your adherence to this advice is
highly anticipated. OCC remains committed to our financial principles by remitting your fund to your bank account as soon we receive the A-100 Release Code Number.
Your fund shall be released directly to bank account via bank to bank k.t.t wire transfer from:

Yours faithfully,
Timothy Johnson
Executive Assistant to the Comptroller of the Currency,
Administrator of National Banks Washington

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