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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: "AGENT BROWN" <>
Date: Fri, 3 Nov 2017 01:18:25 +0600

Allegacy Federal Credit Union in Winston Salem,
North Carolina 3333 Silas Creek PkwyWinston Salem,
NC 27103 Our Ref: AFCU-75AFCUNCUS2011

Attention Honorable Beneficiary

Payment Release Instruction From Allegacy Federal Credit Union in Winston
Salem North Carolina.

Acting on our capacity as the international correspondent bank to the
International Monetary Fund Organization, this is to officially notify you
that we have received a confirmation advice from the International
Monetary Funds External Auditors Committee, World Bank, United Nations
Organization and the AFCU respectively via International Payment Voucher
Number: IMF/FRBWDC/BOA-93WB82UN567-G requesting our bank to direct the
AFCU BANK USA N.C, a subsidiary of the Allegacy Federal Credit Union Bank
of America to disburse your due wining/inheritance and contract payment
valued at Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars
(US10.5M) in your favor via their branch in North Carolina.

In consideration of the above, you have been issued with this Exclusive
Reference Identification Number (IMF/AFCU-NC/9USXX10751/09), Vide
Transaction No.: WHA/EUR/202 and Transfer Allocation No.:
AFCU/X44/701LN/NC/US, Password: 2236, Pin Code: 78569, Certificate of
Merit No: 104, Release Code No: 0876; Immediate AFCU Telex Confirmation
No: -222568; Secret Code: XXTN014. Having received these vital payment
numbers, you are instantly qualified to receive and confirm your payment
within the next 72hrs. as necessary clearance has been granted from the
International Monetary Funds External Auditors to release the funds to you
with immediate effect.

In view of this directive received from the International Monetary Funds
(IMF), we have on our own part verified your payment file as directed to
us, and your name is next on the list of outstanding fund beneficiaries to
receive their payment at this final quarter of year 2011. With that being
done, you are required to urgently contact the AFCU USA N.C. in North
Carolina through their International Funds Release Supervisor:

Contact Person: Mr. Jonathan Beard.(Head, Funds Release Supervisor)
Tel: (360) 859-9935

And reconfirm your international payment voucher number and your reference
identification number respectively before the office with a view to the
final remittance approval and subsequent crediting of your bank account to
the tune of funds as stated herein. We wish to inform you of the need for
you to also re-confirm the following information before the AFCU BANK USA
N.C. in North Carolina to enable the officer in-charge to proceed with the
preliminary arrangements that will enhance the immediate release of your
funds. Owing to security reasons, be clearly informed that the bank will
not respond to any phone calls/general inquiries placed to our bank with
regards to the remittance of your funds by beneficiaries as we are barred
from doing so, you are therefore advised to communicate only with the
accredited officer for further remittance advice.

1) Full Name:
2) Full Address;
3) Your contact telephone and fax number;
4) Your Age and Profession;
5) Copy of any valid form of your Identification;
6) Your Bank name;
7) Your Bank Address;
8) Account name and Number;
9) ABA/Routing Number;
10) Swift or Sort Code/IBAN;

Thank you for your anticipated co-operation.
Agent Brown
Allegacy Federal Credit Union in Winston Salem North Carolina
Mrs.Vivian Douglas

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