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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: Robert Greene <>
Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2020 09:34:16 +0100
Subject: Federal Reserve Bank of New York,Final Payment Notification Release:

This is to inform you that We-have this day 20th Oct 2020
received a payment release order from The Federal government of the
United States to release your pending Inheritance fund of Twenty Five
Million Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars ($25,500,000.00)
from the US reserve account with our bank. Considering the
difficulties you have encountered trying to receive your funds in the
past, we have approved the release of your fund through Online Banking

This payment release method will allow you access your account online
anytime, any where. This option also give you the opportunity to
transfer funds to any account of your choice, both locally and
internationally using your Online Login I.D and Pass-code.

Before we proceed with further payment release arrangements, you are
urgently required to submit the following details below:

1. Full Name:
2. Address:
3. City:
4. State:
5. Country:
6. Contact Telephone Number:
7. Private Email Address:
8. Sex
9. Date of Birth:
11.Marital Status:
12.Name of Next of Kin:
13.Address of Next Of Kin:
14.Phone Number of Next of Kin:
15.Relationship with Next of Kin:
16.A Scanned copy of You Passport Photograph ( Your Face Must Show

Please do provide the above information accurately As your Online
Banking Account will be processed based on the information Submitted
to us.

Thanks for banking with our bank while we looking forward to serving
you with the best of our service.

Thanks and God bless you.

Yours in Service,

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