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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Africa Commission" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:08:58 -0800
Subject: Notice for the transfer of your Contract/Inheritance Fund your Partner's Bank Account

Our Ref: AF.DRC/PCHDF/UDT-2019.

From The Desk of Chairman:
Senator Idris Maitu.

Attention: Contract Beneficiary/ Inheritance Beneficiary.


I am Kelly Jones, the officer in-charge of payment reconciliation and Payment discrepancies reports in our office, I hereby inform you that we have approved the sum of US$10.5M for your payment through our nominated "Centennial Bank New York" , but we received a surprised report today from our paying bank, Centennial Bank New York, that there are discrepancies with your payment, that you have empowered someone from Florida by name MR. TIMMY CROSS to claim your fund on your behalf from their bank.I hereby send to you the information submitted to Centennial Bank New York by one MR. TIMMY CROSS from Florida, U.S.A, with an application for receiving your fund (US$10.5M) to his account on your behalf which was resend to our office today by the Vice President of Centennial Bank New York to make proper confirmation from you before they will go ahead
with the payment to MR. TIMMY CROSS. Please as a matter of urgency, you are required to verify the following information and inform us if you are aware or know anything about this, yesterday Mr. TIMMY CROSS send an application letter to our paying Centennial Bank New York claiming that you have instructed him to receive your payment on your behalf, our paying bank
, Centennial Bank New York asked him come back to their office in five days time, with a power of an attorney from you which will proof thatyou thoroughly send them,this was to enable the paying bank get proper verification and confirmation from my office to find out the truth and genuine of this sudden claim.

1. Did you instruct one Mr. TIMMY CROSS GROUP LTD of Florida USA, whose information's is below, to claim and receive your payment on your behalf from our paying bank "Centennial Bank New York?"
2. Did you sign any 'Deed of Assignment' or "Memorandum of Understanding" in his favor thereby making him the current beneficiary with the following account details:

Account Name: Timmy Cross Group Ltd,
Account Number: USD114-1025567-8,
Bank Name: Standard Chattered Bank
Florida Swift Code: SCBL 11K111.

Note: Be you informed that my office "the United Nation Debts Reconciliation Office" had approved the sum of US$10.5M for
your payment and had instructed our paying bank Centennial Bank New York to effect transfer, but with this sudden development arising from Timmy Cross of Florida, we have ordered the paying bank "Centennial Bank New York" to hold on with transfer until we get proper confirmation from you, therefore with immediate effect you are hereby advised to indicate to this honorable office with immediate effect, if you are the person that instructed Mr. Timmy Cross to claim of your fund (US$10.5M), to enable us endorse theUS$10.5M for the final payment approval order on his behalf.

Therefore, sequel to the above notice, if you are not the one authorized Mr. Timmy Cross to claim your fund on your behalf,
you here by instructed to RE-CONFIRM to this office with all these information below for data reconfirmation.

1. Your full name and your Address.
2. Your Phone and mobile Number
3. Company name and position.
4. Profession, age and marital status.
5. Your Identification, either your International passport or Identity card

We shall be waiting for your urgent and prompt response.

Yours Sincerely,
Senator Idris Maitu,
Chairman of the Commission.

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