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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: "Mr.Jerome Powell" <>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2020 00:57:16 -0800

Attention: Beneficiary.

Based on the meeting we have with United Nations and IMF officials on
your payment, I writing to inform you that your files appeared on our
desk to pay you a partial payment of $10.5million US Dollars of your
funds for this First quarter of the year.

I Mr. Jerome Powell The New Chairman Director Federal Reserve Bank, I
am here to release your fund that is on hold, based on our last
meeting, again United Nation and United State of America Government
pointed me that I Mr. Jerome Powell The New Chairman Director Federal
Reserve Bank should make sure all beneficiaries receive their fund as
we concluded on the meeting, I also promise them that I will try my
all best.

That is why the authority's instructed me to contact you for you to
know about this and follow instructions.

We wait to hear from you soon.

Don't keep me waiting for your own good, again if you are ready to
receive your fund get back to me and inform me that you are ready, and
re-confirm your information, but if you are not interested about your
fund please don't email me.


Mr. Jerome Powell The New
Chairman Director Federal Reserve Bank.

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