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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:

Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 13:31:39 +0100

Compliment of the season Dear Sir/ Madam, Happy Prosperous New Year,

I am Mr. Joel C. Sweren, I bring you good news from Freedom Bank may
wood New Jersey as the only State whose motto is liberty and

My personal introduction, before coming to Freedom Bank as the current
Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer, I, Joel C. Sweren, CPA, served
as President of Golden First Bank and Maryland Permanent Bank and
Chief Operations Officer of Bank of Baltimore. Currently I am
accountable for maintaining Freedom Bank's financial records, ensuring
compliance, managing the daily operations, and supervising Bank
security and building good relationships with our clients. I am a
member of the AICPA and served as a director for Good Samaritan

In this season of the new year it is your time to celebrate new year,
on behalf of Matthew R. Carcich Chief Executive Officer/President
-Freedom Bank Maywood, NJ, and entire management, it is my duty to
guide you on the true key to qualify for our ongoing opportunity for
freedom over your extensive struggle to claim your abandoned family
compensation fund.

First and wise step to take and qualify for your settlement, you don’t
have to continue looking for money to pay off the huge charge before
you can claim your fund, but this is what you should do.

1. go to any nearby gift card stores and purchase a gift cards such as
(Amazon Card, Steam Card, Google play Card, or Walmart Card) a cards
worth $100 or $50.00 as you can afford, you can order online if it is
not sold in your area, when you buy any of the above cards, scratch it
and attach the copy showing the secret numbers to me and I will
present it to the President as a gift from you and you will be
qualified for instant 1% certified check out of your total fund valued
(US$7.800 000.00)=

$78 000 U.S.dollars, your gift card of $100 or $50 will qualify you to
receive a valid check of $78 000 USd only out of your total
inheritance fund of $7.8 million dollars, the purpose for this offer
is to help you pay your debt if any and able to pay your taxes and
charges required and able to receive your balance 99%.

When you take this bold step and offer any of the above gift cards as
I have instructed you, it will commit the CEO to welcome your efforts
and give you one percent scholarship which will automatically make you
have $78 000 USd in your pocket immediately and gain free access to
your unclaimed fund without supplementary pressure.

The book of the wise man says in Ecclesiastes 10:18=19 through
laziness the roof caves in, and in the hands of the idle, the house
leaks. 19 A feast is prepared for laughter, and wine makes life merry,
but money is the answer for everything. It is your time to enjoy
freedom money from Freedom Bank.

this is a task and only those who take steps of faith win the race,
therefore I encourage you to sacrifice any amount from $100 to $50 as
you can afford and buy any of the gift Card and send the attachment,
the secret is that someone else has obeyed and followed my instruction
and in return a check was issued and send via our official delivery
agency which they received and cashed the check without stress.

I believe that when you do the same, you will also be favored as well,
I am giving you this as a secret idea and a good step to win your
encounter over scarcity and hindrances so do it today and see the
result urgently.

I wait for your positive reaction.

Yours sincerely
CFO Mr. Joel Charle sSweren
Executive VP & Chief Financial Officer,
Freedom Bank New Jersey

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