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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: "PNC B" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <robert-pnc.bannk@>
Date: Sun, 11 Jun 2017 04:07:35 -0700

PNC Bank Located in: Indian Springs Market Center
Address: 3077 Princeton Rd, Fairfield, OH 45011, USA
Hours: Open today • 9AM–6PM       
Phone: +1 513-327-8812
Dear Sir/Madam,
Sequels to your mail, UN and World Bank with US President Donald Trump meeting, while in conclusion our bank was nominated to take in charge of all entire on paid beneficiary in both banks. US federal Bank and Citibank without any delay and order was give to them to pass all your payment file from Federal Bank and Citibank to our office for immediate effect .
The United Nations/IMF has decided to prefer a solution that will make it easier for all the Beneficiaries to receive their Funds. We understood that some Fees are required in order process and Transfer of your Funds into your Account. We are also aware that most Beneficiaries do not have these required fees.
We have therefore deliberated with the Bank in charge of this payment to allow Beneficiaries the privilege of receiving their Funds in two (2) or three (3) installments. In this case, Beneficiaries will no longer be required to pay the fee at once but part of it depending on the number of installments such Beneficiary will like his/her Funds to be released to him/her. Write the Bank and request that you want your fund to be transferred to your account by installments payment, so that once the first payments enters into your account you can then use money from there to facilitate the transfer of the remaining balance, once the first installments enters into you.
The PNC Bank Taxes USA which is now in charge of your Payment has agreed to give the Beneficiaries the option of receiving their Funds at once, in two or three installments. This will help the beneficiaries to pay part of the fee and receive part of their Funds with which such beneficiary can upset the remaining fee and receive his/her complete Funds. To break this down: One Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($150) fee will facilitate the release of One Million United States Dollars (US$1,000,000.00) only. Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($250) fee will facilitate the release of Two Million United States Dollars US$2,000,000.00) only. Four Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($450) fee which is the total fee will facilitate the release of your Full Contract/inheritance Funds in the sum of Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars (US$8,500,000.00). Note: this is UN, World Bank and IMF rule sign and endorse that the entire beneficiary will obtain wire transfer CODE that will bear his name to avoid any hitch
Nevertheless, kindly reconfirm the following as follows: first and last name, Home or Office Address, phone, Fax, mobile cell number and Copy of any ID or drivers license
However, feel free to inform us how much you can raise. Should you or cannot afford any of the above Mentioned installment so as for us to talk to the Bank to know how much out of your Funds they could release to you with the amount you can come up with. This is the best the United Nations/IMF can do for you and you are advised to take advantage of this opportunity.
Robert Q. Reilly
Chief Financial Officer PNC Bank

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