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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: "Mr. Raymond Mcneill" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Jun 2017 14:17:58 +0800
Subject: Trust Financial & securities Services

Trust Financial & securities Services
432 16th St NW,
Atlanta, GA 30302-3965
Payment CPC Code CON/FT0/990/651/ UNPAID FUND 2017.

US Federal Reserve Board System
Committee On Foreign Payments
United State Of America


This particular letter is strictly confidential and only for your perusal.Based on your fund some people from UK bank wanted to divert into our reserved security Vault and i will like to notify you of the development on your Contractual /Inheritance payment $9,750,000 USD which you suppose to receive since long time ago. after all my investigation regarding this deposit make by UK bank with collaboration with Bank Of New York that promise to give you a loan which has failed.

I am using this opportunity to instruct you to Stop every further contact you are having with the bank in London for your own safety, Right now your funds are with the United State Of America Federal Reserve Board System for onward transfer, because your fund has been deposited as unclaimed fund which the new Government may claim this fund as Government fund, I will like to negotiate a terms with you if i help you get all this fund out for you, I am not asking you to give me any money, but after you receive this fund are you going to 25% from the total sun from $9,750.000 USD. If the arrangement is ok for you. Forward below details to me and i want you to keep everything regarding this process top private only between me and you. If you have any question you can call me on my above telephone number.

Note: Documents are presented in our office by UK Bank that trying to divert your fund into another account claimed you instructed him to receive your funds on your behalf as you are critically ill by Cancer of the Lungs. In this regards, we urge that you respond to this letter if this claim is false, we shall authorize the release of your Compensation Fund to you as soon as you response to this letter and keep every transactions top private with you.

It is imperative you re-confirm to this office the following details below. This is to enable me start up this process as soon as possible before is too late and Also be informed, any information you provide would be kept highly confidential.

1 Your Full Name
2 Contact Address
3 D.O.B : Date Of Birth
4 Present Occupation
5 Telephone / mobile

Note: the above information is to crosscheck with what we have in record to avoid making mistake.

Thanks as I look forward to your quick respond.

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Raymond Mcneill
US Federal Reserve Board System
Committee On Foreign Payments
United State Of America

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