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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "FEDERAL RESERVE BANK" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 18:49:21 +0100
Subject: Atten:BENEFICIARY!!CONGRATULATIONS REGARDING THE $22.5M xin
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045
The Federal Reserve Bank hereby contact you in regards to the ongooing transaction of $22.5m,allocated to you from the United Nations as part of there yearly develpmetal program.We have informed you that its important you get the Transfer documents before the funds $22.5m can be processed and released to you but till this moment never heard from you.Its important you note that your delay is affecting the transaction and due to the latest development the Board of Directors and the appropriate agencies have instructed that the said money requested for the transfer documents must be sent by you immediately or will reallocate the said $22.5m to your acclaimed representatives in according to the international remittance policy of section 45 section 84.
So we advise you send the money for the documents immediately.
Attached is the scanned copies of staff identification card.
Awaiting your urgent response.
IMPORTANT NOTICE:ALL INFORMATION STRICYLY CONFIDENTIAL
Scot Anderson,Senior Personal Adviser
Chairman Board of Governors,
Federal Reserve Bank