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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: "Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 11 Nov 2017 09:16:30 +0100
Subject: Good News From JP Morgan Chase Bank USA Security Code (Jp231)

From JP Morgan Chase Bank Wa1-2213 5508n Division St Spokane, WA 99208
Direct Tele: Number: (509) 592-9622 Fax 630-733-6138 Customer
Careline: 5092585067.
Date: 11 / 10 / 2017
Legitimate Entitled Owner Of: Usd$5,000.000.00
Urgent Attention Beneficiary In Chase Bank,
My dear this is to inform you that we have come to conclusion that we really need to set up an online account in your name here in our Bank so that we can credit your online account with your Fund valued Usd$5,000.000.00 (Five Million United States Dollars) immediately and give you the online details which you can view your account information's to see your Fund and make transfer of your Fund to any bank of your choice.
Your online account is ready, we shall credit your account immediately and also forward your ATM Card to your address the online account fee is $130 the delivering of your ATM Card fee is $20 okay try send the $150 today send to my office in Alabama your Chase Bank online account is ready.
Furthermore, below here is the address for you to send the $150 for the delivering of your ATM Card immediately you send the $150 you will receive your ATM Card and your check booklet attached to the online account.
Name: Herbert J. Talley
Address: Tallassee Alabama Usa.
Amount: $150
Respond back to us immediately you receive this email and make sure you forward to us all the require information and send the $150 for us to conclude this long awaiting transaction once and for all as we have spent years over this transaction.
Urgently confirm your readiness to receive the original copy of your already credited ATM Visa Card for immediate access to your fund by demanding their fast means of receiving payment so that they will carry out your ATM Card delivery without any more delay to your address send me your info now: 
Finally, here is our Chase Bank online mobile number which you can call to speak to any of our department and to verify your online account with chase Bank (509-619-7588).
Your ATM Card and your check book is ready below here are your online account info you need to login with your online username and password on the website and make a transfer of your Fund to any bank of your choice.
Bank website:..      
Thanks for your Co-operation.
Mr. Jamie Dimon.
Executive Chairman, Chief Executive Officer,
President and Member of Operating Committee, JPMorgan Chase & Co
Chase Bank is a full service financial firm and the largest U.S
based bank.  Chase Bank offers a complete line of personal, small
business, commercial banking services and wealth management
services.  The retail financial services segment of Chase Bank
offers regional banking, mortgage banking, auto finance services,
checking and savings accounts, home equity and business loans, bank
CDs, competitive CD rates and investments through bank branches,
ATMs, online banking, and telephone banking.

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