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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "hundred thousand united states dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "00,000.00" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Federal Reserve Bank" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 25 May 2019 18:54:57 +0200
Subject: Our Ref: USFRB/IRU/SFE/3.8/WI/013
Our Ref: USFRB/IRU/SFE/3.8/WI/013
Federal Reserve Bank Corporate Office,
HeadQuarter: 33 Liberty St, New York, NY 10045, USA
Our Ref: USFRB/IRU/SFE/3.8/WI/013
United States of America
Federal Reserve Bank Notification Of Your Compensation Funds 2019.
Please read carefully before replying because i can't explain any thing else apart from this mail sent to you.
Your payment files from three (3) different banks, Central Bank Of Benin Republic, Bank Of Africa and Bank of America was compiled and submitted to my desk this morning for review. The total sum owed to you by the 3 banks mentioned above was summed up to the total of US$3,800,000.00 (Three Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars). Now the fund has been totally kept in one particular Escrow account (non deductible) here in the Federal Reserve Bank New York on your name, while waiting for accreditation to your personal bank account in any part of the world.
Meanwhile, after due scrutiny and verification, I confirmed that you have fulfilled all the necessary obligations that will enable the release of your payment to you, but yet your payment was not released to you due to one flimsy excuses or the other from the Bank officials in charge of your payment, because they had the intention of diverting your funds to their private accounts in order to satisfy their selfish interest.
You are however lucky that we the management of the US Federal Reserve Bank detected their evil plans and therefore call for the submission of your payment file to us, so we can personally handle the payment assignment to ensure that you receive your funds accordingly.
Now, all modalities regarding your fund release has been put in place here in the Reserve Bank of America, thus, your funds has been made ready for transfer in our escrow transfer system, what we need from you now is to inform us medium of your choice which you want us to transfer your funds so we can expedite action for the accreditation of your funds into your account immediately.I want to also inform you that you have to obtain a CLEAN BILL OF RECORD CERTIFICATE, kindly reply to this mail for the instruction on how to receive your funds.
Below are the information needed for now for your transaction;
Cell Phone #:
Picture of Your ID card:
Note: If you prefer to receive your funds in form of an ATM Visa Card, we could load and ship your Visa Card to your address which will permit you a daily withdrawal limit of US$5,500 or write a cashier check to you, which can be deposited in any bank of your choice.
In anticipation for your urgent cooperation.
Federal Reserve Bank Wisconsin Branch,
Mr Glenn Edwards,
Contact person Of the Federal Reserve Bank.