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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: "Official Payment" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Dec 2018 17:55:40 -0800
Subject: U.S Bank Federal Reserve $7,300,000.00 Payment Code: FRB18/112

I want to let you know that we received your last email in regards to the release of your fund. We were briefed that this fund is donated and deposited in your name here at the federal reserve bank   for charity purposes, especially building houses and taking care of the orphans. You are therefore required to get back to us and reconfirm the details in order to help us not to transfer to the wrong account, The valued amount still remain $7,300,000.00.
After thorough interrogation regarding the delay of the release of your $7,300,000.00.we have today officially approve these payment to you, i will also advice you have this fund now and your name registered in the name of this payment full list of the Federal Reserve Bank without any delay. kindly view the web site link of paid and approved to be paid details now.
we found out that you have been communicating with the wrong people all these while and that was why your fund is not yet transferred. Also, this is to let you know that their is no legal fee attached to our services.
The remittance of the aforementioned fund will be made via our bank online data base account, where you can transfer your fund by your self as soon as your information is verified..
Receiver full name:
Phone number:
Bank Name:
Account No:
Routing NO:
Swift Code:
Bank Address:
Waiting for your immediate response.IMPORTANT NOTE: Your payment files will be returned to the IMF within one week if we did not hear from you, this was the instruction given to us by the IMF.
Jerome Powell (Chairman of the Board of Governors)
Federal Reserve Bank New York

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