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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: HENRY JOHNSON <"www.">
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 07:31:59 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello Dear

call/ at (270) 697-6264
Address; 12401 Jefferson Ave, Newport News, VA 23602, United States

Hello Dear
The United Nations {UN} give you only three working days to send the last $300
to get your fund of $17.5M or you lose the opportunity for ever.

The Wood Forest National Bank Ohio controlling department controlling of the
security transfer CODE which is (WF/200/105/09), the Authentication section
code of this bank concludes the verification of your file. After going through
all the documents of claim received by this department with justification and
verification from the global strategy United States we are completely
and you have been confirmed.

The Wood Forest National Bank concerning wire transfers of your funds. Your
letter has been referred to the (JMCB) Legal Division for Funds (US$7.5 Million
Dollars) Transferred code. (WF/200/105/09). We are satisfied using Electronic
Wire Transfer or Swift Wire Transfer and the rights and liabilities of using of
electronic and Swift fund transfer systems are defined by the Electronic Fund
Transfer Act.. The regulation, however, which implements this statute, 12 C.F.
R. Part 205, Regulation E. specifically states that its provisions are
inapplicable to a situation such we must ensure your Funds Transferred to your
destination Bank Account between 10 hours.

Considering the volume of your payment, it is right for us to seek for the
approval of some money regulatory Boards here in Benin Republic before we can
carry out the Transfer of an amount of such magnitude to anybody, otherwise any
such transfer will be stopped by the Authorities of Wood Forest National Bank,
and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), since your Transfer is Electronic
Transfer or Swift Wire transfer is almost activated with our bank and the only
thing holding the final activation of your Account are some certain Approval
Documents from the concerned Authorities here in Benin Republic, and for that
reason, you are required to pay the Sum of $300 as this money will be used by
our Bank Attorney to Obtain all the necessary documents that will enable the
final activation of your Funds.

Wood Forest National Bank hereby state officially that the required payment
will remain the only and final monetary obligation required from You prior to
the final transfer of your funds, hence any further charges will be our bank's
full responsibility till final transfer of your payment is made to your bank

We awaits your urgent response to obtain the remaining documents through our
bank Attorney, kindly send the funds directly to our attorney in Benin Republic
with information below through Money Gram money transfer below:

You are advised to copy the details below and locate Money Gram or to send the
fee and expect the transfer of your fund into your account within 3hours. Once
again send the money through Money Gram or as listed below.

Receiver’s name: TONY MIKE
Country: Benin republic
City: Cotonou
Text question .in god
Answer.we trust
Amount: $300

After sent the money kindly fill the below details for pick up"

Reference# Number.......
Sender's name.......
Sender's address......

In respect you are inquiring to pay Wire Transfer Electronic Transfer charges
($300)or Swift transfer ($300) [BANK B], under section 47--4A302 of US law Wood
Forest National Bank, a depository institution which wire transfers funds may
not deduct any fees for handling the wire transfer from the amount of money
which is to be transferred to your provided Bank Account

The fastest Wire Transfer is Electronic Transfer which only takes just 3 hours
to reflect in Account, and Swift Wire transfer takes 5 hours to remit.

You are require to get back to me if you are pleased with the Banking rules for
more information on how to make any of your choice Wire Transfer charges send
for the your Funds ($17.5 Million) Wire Transfer processing to commence as soon
as possible.

This law is stated according to section 35 and 36 of the banking sector
interaction realm of our constitution and the outside world. Based on article
of association and memorandum of association, the Chase controlling agency of
United States and your happiness suits our stand and we will make sure that
your fund is fully endorsed to your bank account as soon as you have
comprehended with our instructions.


(Designated bank account details for Electronic Transfer to avoid mistake or
should in case you created a new account)

Bank Name and Address
Account Number:
Account Name:
Routing Number:

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your banking needs.

Yours sincerely,
Richard Lugan
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer,
Chief Executive Officer of Wood forest National Bank
And Director of Wood forest National Bank
Email:( )
CELL PHONE NUMBER +(270) 697-6264

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