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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. Dale Folwell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2020 02:32:18 -0700

Department of State Treasurer North Carolina
3250 Atlantic Avenue Raleigh, NC 26404
RE/NO: 059-TITC/00567/2537
Kindly Read This Important Notification.
This is to inform you that your name still shows on our system among the beneficiaries who has not yet received their fund till date, base
on that, it may interest you to know that we have made 100% possibility arraignment for you to receive your fund of $5.5M  if only
you will listen to the instructions you will be given in this email, however, like I told you I want you to note that we have made all the
necessary for you to receive your fund through online banking system of transfer, which we have checkmated properly well and find out that
it is only the secure and easy way for you to use in receiving your approved fund of $5.5M without anything stopping you.
However, below is the official contact information of the First Citizens Bank, so you are advice to contact them and follow up with
any instructions you will be receiving from them, to enable them finalize in creating / crediting your online banking account, so that
you will start transferring your fund by yourself  to your own prefer bank account number right away.
Bank Name: First Citizens Bank
Address: 128 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202, US
Contact Email:
Contact Name: Mr. Raymond Grace
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Dale Folwell
US State Treasurer North Carolina

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