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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: "From Mr Jamie Dimon" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2019 03:46:31 -0800
Subject: ***PAYMENT APPROVAL VALUED US$12,000,000.00 ***

Urgent Attention: -  Sir/Madam
                      ***PAYMENT APPROVAL VALUED US$12,000,000.00 ***
You are being legally contacted regarding the release of your long awaited fund. After a detailed review of your file, the United Nations Monetary Unit has been authorized to release your fund immediately. The sum of US$12,000,000.00; has been approved in your favor via my desk. This payment will be release to you through Online Banking Login transfer under a special arrangement.
Be informed that we are working in collaborations with the United Nations secretary General Mr. António Guterres, who authorize the immediate payment of your long awaited fund without any further delay. Note that the above fund has been cleared from terrorist or fraud related activities and we guarantee delivery of these funds as good, clean, cleared fund of non-criminal origin.
Immediately your done that I will send your online access so you can make transfer to your account
1. Full Name
2. Contact Address
3. Direct Telephone Number
4. Company
5. Position
6. Date of Birth
7. Marital Status
8. Next of Kin
9. Relationship
10. A copy of any Government Issued ID, (eg) International Passport, Driver's License or National ID Card.
Name: Jamie Dimon
CEO jp Morgan Chase Bank
127 7th AVE
New York NY 10011

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