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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 2019 07:36:06 +0100

FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C
J. Edgar Hoover Building935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington,D.C hereby notify you about the ongoing transaction of $22.5m with the bank ,we have verified the transaction and its legitimate.Its important you note that its a criminal offense to claim the $22.5m without getting the documents from the Bank as you have been instructed.The offender is liable to 21years imprisonment..So ,Its better you contact the bank and get the payment for the documents across to them so that the $22.5m can be released to you.

Contact the Bank immediately and act as you have been instructed.

Head Office
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
33 Liberty Street
New York, NY 10045

Once again,contact the bank with the above email address and send the needed fee for the requested documents to them ,so that the $22.5m can be released to you on time in according to International Law.

You have been warned!!!

Yours faithfully,

Best Regards,

Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building

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