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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: Federal Reserve Bank of New York <>
Date: Sat, 9 Sep 2017 12:53:16 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary

Director Payment Department
Miss Janet L. Yellen
A/c Officer B O 701 East Byrd Street P.O BOX 27622 New York VA 23261 USA.

Here is my office telephone number: Call me on (+1 3475099821.You can sms me.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
contact me in this mail:(


My dear, I want to formally inform you prior to the official meeting we
had at the banking complex White House Washington Dc ,with the Supreme
authority of the Chief Justice of the United States (JAMES B COMEY),IMF
USA Department Secretary of State (John Kerry )and the United States
president (Donald Trump) concerning the transfer of your sum of
$10.5million dollars
accrued payment transfer into your bank account.

It was just concluded at the meeting that you will be given every form of
assistance to warding making sure that your fund hit your bank account as
soon as you are ready to follow my official instruction.

Please note that your good and sound health/condition is the priority of
the states as to favor you with a self development contract award payment.

Therefore I advise you to swiftly respond urgently and positively to
enable us my office effect the immediate transfer of your fund within 72
hours and as soon as you are able to follow our bank transfer procedure.

We were so confuse that is why the authority instructed me to contact you
for us to know if she is telling us the truth or not. She even forwarded
this bank details to us.

Bank Name: Credit Union Na
Account Name: grace.stall
Account number: 908374912
Swift code: cwd1u

Thank you and God bless you.

Call me on (+1 3475099821.You can sms me.


Miss Janet L. Yellen

Director Payment Department Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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