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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: "William C. Dudley" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 14:32:58 -0800

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
New York City, NY, United States of America
ADDRESS: 33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0001
From the desk of Mr William C. Dudley
I am William Dudley, the president Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the vice-chairman of the Federal Open Market Committee. We apologies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences we might have put you through, while we were having some minor problems with our payment system which in all case not meeting up with all beneficiary payments, we apologies once again.
From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment with the Federal Government of the United States of America, your information was discovered as next on the list out of the 11 outstanding contractors/beneficiaries who have not yet received their payments during the 8 years tenure of the previous administration in office, please bear with us for making this initial contact through email. Meanwhile, a power of attorney was forwarded to this bank a few days ago by a woman Mrs. Annette Stillman claiming to be your true representative, she brought an account to replace your information in other to claim the said fund in tune of US$4,700,000,00 (Four Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) and she is willing to activate a transfer, to have the fund transferred to her.
Here is her informationís below:
Name: Mrs. Annette Stillman
Bank name: Citibank, Arizona, USA.
Account Number: 6503809008
Routing number: 322271627
Swift code#:WMSBUS66
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 we will not be held responsible for any wrong payment, if this woman is not your representative, you are requested to fill and send your informationís for cross check and verification purpose so that your fund valued (US$4,700,000,00) will be transferred into your nominated bank account without further delay.
You are advised to kindly reply this email via the director, financial audit unit below:
Name: Mr David Brennan
Phone: +1 (407) 392 2478 (text message only)
Kindly reconfirm to the bank the following:
   (1) Full Names:
   (2) Residential Address:
   (3) Current Phone Number:
   (4) Age:
   (5) Country of Residence:
   (6) Occupation:
   (7) Scan Copy of your Identification (OPTIONAL):
As soon as this information is received and verified, your funds will be wired to your bank account directly from Federal Reserve Bank New York USA . We shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mrs. Annette 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 your fund must have caused you.
Thanks for your co-operation as we wait to hear from you.
Mr. William C. Dudley
President, Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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