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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: Sat, 8 Apr 2017 08:46:59 +0100
Subject: Re: Atten:Beneficiary!!Cancellation and Reallocation of $22.5m medm

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
Tel:+(646) 535-0757

What is going on ?We have been waiting for you to send the requested fee of $275 needed to secure the documents for the release of the $22.5m to you but till this moment we have not received any payment from you.Its important you note that failure to receive the payment today we would have no option than to cancel and reallocate the said funds $22.5m to the representatives in according to section 34 sub section 75 of international remittance policy.
Attached is the scanned copy of your representatives.
Awaiting your urgent response.

Janet L. Yellen
Chairman Board of Governors,
Federal Reserve Bank
Tel:+(646) 535-0757

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