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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Kathleen Lobell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 28 May 2017 06:29:33 -0700
Subject: Your credit payment file have been added and opened.

This information is from the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators NAUPA.

Your credit payment file have been added and opened.

The National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators is the foremost authority on unclaimed property and the affirmed leader of the coalition of states, administrators, and holders working together to reunite rightful owners with their property.

The purpose of the association is to promote and strengthen unclaimed property administration and interstate cooperation in order to enhance States' return of unclaimed property to rightful owners and provide a forum for the open exchange of information and ideas.

A power of attorney was forwarded to our office this day Wednesday, May 4th, 2017 by two gentle men, one of them is an American national and his MR. HARRY SICILIANO by name while the other person is MR. JAMES IGNACIO MILLAN by name a CANADIAN national.

This gentlemen claimed to be your representative, and this power of attorney stated that you are dead, they brought an account to replace your information in other to claim your fund of $1,500,000.00 ( One Million Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ) which is now lying DORMANT and UNCLAIMED at the National Bank, below is the new account they have submitted:

ACCOUNT #: 00200000634 Numero de ABA
SWIFT-CODE: 026002561

Be further informed that this power of attorney also stated that you suffered and died of throat cancer. therefore you are advise and given 48 hours to confirm the truth in this information, If you are still alive, You are to contact us back immediately because we work 24 hours just to ensure that we monitor all the activities going on in regards to the transfer of inheritance beneficiaries fund/contract payment.

You are to reply to this office below immediately for clarifications on this matter as we shall be available 24 hours to attend to you and give you the necessary guidelines and direction on how to ensure that your pending inheritance payment is wired to you immediately.

For Further Inquiries, please feel free to contact the direct email to the Financial Counselor Director Desk 'Hon. Louis Brown'

(Financial Counselor Director)
Name: Hon. Louis Brown

Contact him now with: (1) Your full names, (2) Your contact Address, (3) Your mobile phone numbers, so he can guide you on receiving your funds. So therefore, we sincerely appeal with you to please find a reason to respond to this email with detailed information, as we would not be held responsible of wrong payment or face legal action in future in regard to your fund documentation.

Kathleen Lobell
National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators

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