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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: Customer Service <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 27 Feb 2021 21:30:41 -0800
Subject: Re: Your Banking Information

Message to the family of the deceased

Attn: Sir/Ma

I wish to draw your attention to the above contract unclaimed funds, which have already been programmed for immediate transfer through Bank to Bank wire transfer. Your outstanding payment sum of $10.3 Million dollars files has been Deposited into Federal Reserve Escrow Online Account of Federal Reserve bank of New York  for immediate attention. In a nutshell, Mr.Charles Bloom  will assist you to ensure that you receive details regards the proceeding on how to  claim your fund through Mr. Kenneth Lamar, of Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Escrow Department, therefore contacts him through the below information:

Charles Bloom  private email:

Meanwhile, a surprising message was addressed to my office by Mr. Walter this morning who confirmed that you are dead that you died last week of COVD-19, He also submitted his account information to this department requesting the transfer of the funds to him as your Successor.I do not believe the story because an attempt has been made several times to divert the funds since approved for payment into another account but I always decline to append my signature hence this message to you.

However, kindly reconfirm below information for clarification if you are alive.

Complete Home/Residential address

1) Full Name------------------
2) Private phone number--------------
3) Age-----------------
4) Country------------------
5) Occupation-------------------

Your international passport/driver's License Photo Copy (Attached )

Yours sincerely

Mr. Williams White

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