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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, 5 Mar 2017 16:50:40 +0100
Subject: Re: Atten:Beneficiary!!Payment Notification!!Should We Pay Your Representatives The $22.5m?tup

From the Desk Of Mrs.Janet Louise Yellen
Federal Reserve Bank
Today at 2:39 AM
Headquater : New York, NY, United States of America
Founded : 1914, New York City, New York, United States
ADDRESS : 33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0001

From the desk of Mrs.Janet Louise Yellen

We apologies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences we 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 and is willing to pay $100 the wire/transfer charge to have the fund delivered to her. Here is her information’s 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 that the federal government will not be held responsible for paying into wrong account, if this woman is not your representative, you requested to fill and send this information for verification purpose so that your fund valued ($22.500, 000.00 usd) will be remitted into your nominated bank account.

Kindly reconfirm to the bank the following

1. Ful Name:
2. Contact Address:
3. Working Id/ int’l Passport
4. Age:
5. Your telephone number

Secondly,you are to get the needed documents at a stipulated fee to be remitted by the beneficiary before the said funds $22.5m can be released to you.

You alerted reply urgent

Mrs.Janet Louise Yellen
Director Federal Reserve Bank
33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0001

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The content of this e-mail and its attachments are classified as confidential information.Thank you for your cooperation.

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WARNING: The content of this e-mail and its attachments are classified as confidential information. If you have received this message by error, please notify the sender and delete immediately it. In any event, only upon previous and written authorization from Tupy S.A., may you use, copy, disclose or take any action based on the information contained herein. Thank you for your cooperation.

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