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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: "FUND BENEFICIARY," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <infoofficeoffice12312@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 30 Jul 2019 14:21:49 -0700
Subject: Attn:Dear ATM VISA CARD Owner.......Read Carefully 82.218.171.214

ANTI-TERRORIST AND MONITORY CRIMES DIVISION
FBI HEADQUARTERS IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
FBI WEB SITE http://www.fbi.gov/
J. EDGAR HOOVER BUILDING
935 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, NW WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535-0001
 
FUND BENEFICIARY,
 
INSTRUCTION FROM NEW FBI, CHRISTOPHER WRAY
 
 
 
Attn:Dear ATM VISA CARD Owner.......Read Carefully
 
I, CHRISTOPHER WRAY is hereby announcing to you that your ATM
VISA CARD worth $10.700.000.00usd received at JFK airport since year
2019 from Nigerian government authorities and Every necessary
fees/charges has been paid by senders except $450.00 for CCC custom
clearance certificate but a Lady Mrs. Jane Frederick came forward and
claimed you sent her to claim your $10,700,000.00 because you are dead
that you are having kidney problem in a process of surgery you died .
 
Did you order her to pay for Custom Clearance Certificate (CCC) to
claim your fund ATM VISA CARD ? Also be informed that we came to an
agreement with the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy Int'l
Airport NYC that you will send $450.00 latest tomorrow morning.
 
This is to bring to your notice that we have just been informed
through secrete source that the U.S Custom Authority at (JFK) John F.
Kennedy International Airport New York are making arrangement to have
your contract fund wired into the Bank account of Mrs. Jane Frederick,
the lady that contacted them, earlier and presented some
documentations evidencing your claim purported to have being signed
personally by you for the release of your contract fund to her, since
you have chose to ignore their messages and refuse to pay the required
$450 for Custom Clearance Certificate charges as imposed, despite the
advise we gave to you.
 
I want to personally assure you once again that you will have every
course to smile and be happy upon conclusion of this project, as we
will continue monitoring all your services with them at all level as
well as your correspondence, until you have received your ATM VISA
CARD accordingly. As a LEGAL OWNER, we are here to protect your
interest and that is the reason why we are doing all we can to make
sure all goes well, this is a huge amount of money which we don't wish
for you to lose.
 
We understand that the imposed fee might be too much for you to pay so
to further make things easier for you, we have discussed with the U.S
Custom Authority at (JFK) John F. Kennedy International Airport New
York pleaded on your behalf for them to give you the grace of sending
half of the charges $450 for now after which the Diplomatic Agent
makes the delivery of your ATM VISA CARD to you then once you receive
your fund, you can then pay the balance of$450 ,
 
All we want you to do right now is to send the half of the money with
the name listed below so we can forward it to Nigerian Customs
authority to help us optain the Custom Clearance Certificate and the
diplomat will make the delivery to your home address tomorrow morning
by 9:00 AM
 
try and make the payment via western Union money transfer or money gram.
 
Contact us right away and let me know when you send half of the
charges as we discussed with them to enable them route your fund to
you with immediate effect. This is a life time opportunity and we will
advise you take advantage of it, before it is too late to do so.
 
God bless you!
Thanks.
Yours in service,
 
 
Best Regards,
 
CHRISTOPHER WRAY(info1947@aol.com)
BADGE JTT0471011111
FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION
UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20535

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