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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: "Christopher A. Wray" <>
Reply-To: "Christopher A. Wray" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2019 05:00:48 +0700 (ICT)
Subject: Federal Bureau Investigation, FBI

Anti-Terrorist and Monitory Crimes Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J. Edgar. Hoover Building, Washington D.C

Urgent Attention,

Jeanine Wyman,

Your card is held in our office due to Money laundering certificate and
we are ready to take you to any length if you fail to proof the
legitimacy of the card you are about to receive. As a Federal Commission
we are here to protect your interest and the interest of all the United
State citizens as well as this great Nation. You have been investigated
as the beneficiary of the said funds that is why you are in touch with
the FBI for a solid proof before the funds will be released to you.

The said card is now in your name at our office which has been placed on
hold under the custody of the FBI for further verification and proof
before releasing the card to you.

You do not have this document in your files, if you did the fund would
not have been held. We did not believe this at first, but when we saw
the delivery we had no option than to contact you.

We have gone through your Identification records and also the
information received from you, we have verified a lot of things about
you. It has come to the attention of our Money Trafficking investigation
department, that you have an ATM card valued at U.S $ 10.5 Million to
your name.

With full concern of The F.B.I and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) we
wish to remind you of the consequences of remitting such huge sum of
money without complying fully with the provisions of the Financial and
Allied Matters Decree 5 as amended in sub-section C (6) of 2003, which
stipulates that any monitory transaction being done in the United States
Of America, must have proper records, which duly guarantees and covers
the transaction as legitimate and legally acquired and not criminally or
terrorist associated funds.

Note that with the information we have here, the card in your name here
was released from Federal Republic Of Nigeria. To this regard you are
to contact the EFCC Nigeria where the card was released from so that
they will issue you the required document because they are the only
people that can issue you the document. Nobody else have the right or
privilege to issue you this document unless the EFCC Nigeria.

You are under observation/Investigation in connection with money
laundering. If your card comes from a legitimate and legal source, the
proper guidelines for you to recover the right of transaction is for you
to provide the official monitory transaction release document so that
your funds will be legally processed and recorded and accounted for and
then finally released to you.

DEPARTMENT) IS HERE to wipe out terrorism, and will stop at no length in
doing our duty for the American people.

You have 48 hours to produce legal proof of the document MONEY

You do not have any rights to receive these funds if the documented
legal delivery information is not complete.

For your own good and benefit, you are advised not to send your money to
anybody except the below person that will get the document for you. It
has come to our notice that you have been dealing with impostors
regarding the present transaction in your name, with the power imposed
on us as a high Federal Commission, you are hereby warned and instructed
to terminate your involvement with any people or individual contacting
you regarding this present transaction. The said card is now in our
custody in your name as the beneficiary, your dealings should be
channeled to this office alone, if we find out you are still
communicating with Impostors, you will be charged for advance fraud
communication by the Federal Law.

The very heart of FBI operations lies in our investigations which serve
as our mission states, to protect and defend the United States against
terrorist and foreign intelligence threats and to enforce the criminal
laws of the United States. So follow our instructions properly to avoid
any action before you.

We currently have jurisdiction over violations of more than 200
categories of federal law. So you can see that we can track you down
through Investigative programs. We have your address and the evidence
and status of your delivery card, so we can arrest you anytime anywhere.

You do not have the required document on your possession, these
documents are only to be issued to you from the paying country NIGERIA,
to this regards you are advice to contact the EFCC NIGERIA to obtain the
document from them to enable the immediate release of the funds in your

We have done our verifications on your FBI Identification Record with
our Social Security Number, the only document left is the required
issued to you from the paying country of the said funds, you are to
obtain the above required document.

You are to take care of the document by sending to the EFCC NIGERIA the
sum of $105 Dollars only for the issuing of the document right away and
your card will be released to you. That is the only way the EFCC
NIGERIA will issue you the document, because they are going to issue you
the Authentic and Original copy of the document for the release of your
card. find below their contact information's you we use and make payment
of $105.

Address: Lagos-Nigeria
Amount: $105

Contact information of the Secretary of EFCC NIGERIA

Contact Person: Dr. Bruno Weka
Telephone: +234-8172998126
Office Address: 72 western avenue Victoria Island Lagos Nigeria.

WARNING: failure to produce the above requirement in the next 48 hours,
legal action will be taken immediately and if found guilty, you will be
jailed. As terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering is a serious
problem in our community today. The F.B.I will not stop at any length in
tracking down and prosecuting any criminal who indulge in this criminal

Faithfully Yours,

Christopher A. Wray
Federal Bureau Investigation, FBI

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