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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: Financial Crime Enforcement Network <>
Date: Mon, 20 Jul 2020 08:15:10 +0100

Financial Crime Enforcement Network
(Office of Terrorism and Financial Headquarters?: ?Vienna, Virginia)
2070 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, Virginia USA.


Approved Compensation Payment Valued $7.5M in Your Favour.

We Write to inform you that the Financial Crime Enforcement Network
have agreed with World Bank and the First National Bank of America
(FNBA) to Compensate all B2B, Individual scammed victims, Inheritance
and Contract fund. This letter is to notify you about your
compensation as one of the scammed victim that sent money via Bank
Transfer , Western Union Money Transfer, Ria or Money Gram to
fraudsters in Africa, Asia, Europe or America. This mail is to
officially notify you that your email address have been listed as one
of the victims, to benefit from this ongoing CONTRACT/INHERITANCE AND

Please be informed that your REF/PAYMENTS CODE IS: FNBA02/WXZ/20 and
are to be quoted in your corresponding to the First National Bank of
America been the paying Bank. Note, the First National Bank of America
have agreed with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network conditions
to pay the approved compensation legitimately to the beneficiary's.
All the beneficiaries should understand that It is mandatory that
every beneficiaries will only pay Compensation Clearance Permit Fee to
have the compensation fund pay to his/her account. We owe you the duty
and responsibility to make sure the compensation fund $7,500,000.00
(Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) is pay legitimately
to you once the payment obligations are completed as directed by the
authorities monitoring the transaction.

Kindly Contact the First National Bank of America (FNBA) and provide
your Bank Information for the Compensation payment.

Contact Person: Jerry S. Mikeson
Special Unit (Foreign Remittance Director).
First National Bank of America (FNBA).

You are advised to give the bank maximum co-operation to pay you the
approved compensation fund successfully. Keep every update of the FNBA
for our sincere advice and directives.

Your urgent response is needed.

Sincerely yours,

Ken Blanco
Executive Director
Financial Crime Enforcement Network

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