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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: "INFO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2020 14:42:25 -0700
Subject: new Personal On-line Account and your real account balance

Your payment has been approved and endorsed by the United Nation Organization authorities, Your detailed information has been confirmed with the instruction and approvals given from International Monetary Fund and Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI, Washington DC, USA regards the deposited funds from IMF, sum US$10,700,000.00. as full payment of your inheritance fund.
Due to the incessant scam activities going around the globe, Federal Bureau Investigation (FBI) and Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, Adjutant General and Director State Military Department ,Washington Military Dept., Bldg 1 Camp Murray, WA 98430-5000 has instructed our Financial Institution to use high Performance in Banking System set up your Personal On-line Banking Account. The sum of US$10,700,000.00 was deposited in our bank and we have been instructed to pay your directly via personal on-line bank The Management has resolved to open Personal On-line Banking Account for you with our bank and then give you the on-line access which will enable you to check and make electronics wire transfer out to any part of the world of your choice.
We are going to have this account open on your name as soon as you reply to this important email and give you your new open account information for your record. Once we show you prove of fund by giving you the new Personal On-line Account and your real account balance of US$10,700,000.00 which is your Part payment of the full amount credited to you We are only given you the benefit of doubt by agreeing in showing you that we are capable of opening the new account on your behalf and give you the full online access for your record. Let me know that you agree and understand the importance of this matter before we go ahead and get this matter completed for you because we are professional in handling international matters like this. Kindly Send the Above information to enable us to set the account open for you.
Full Name:
Full Address:
Date of Birth:
Monthly income:
Zip Code:
Direct Telephone Number:
Marital Status:
Next of Kin:
Occupation: Please, reconfirm your direct cell phone number to enable voice communication
Thanks for the patronage
Federal Reserve Bank, Chairman Jerome Powell.
Contact Address: MS 117 20th & Constitution Ave
NW Washington, DC 20551 the USA
Whats-app number: +1 (202) 892-5329

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