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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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Fraud email example:

From: jerry allen <>
Date: Mon, 3 May 2021 20:49:06 +0000

Mr. Bob Chen
Vice President & Branch Manager
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (USA)
Hacienda Heights Branch
17180 Colima Road,
Hacienda Heights, CA 91745, USA

Dear Friend,

Seeing this email message would be a surprise to you but kindly read
it carefully and you will understand the reason why I am contacting
you for this purpose. However, this correspondence is un-official and
private, and it should be treated as such. I also guarantee you that
this transaction is hitch free from all what you may think of.

I am Mr. Bob Chen, Vice President & Branch Manager, Industrial and
Commercial Bank of China (USA) NA, Hacienda Heights Branch, California
and I am contacting you based on Trust and confidentiality that will
be attached to this transaction.

The Management and the Legal department of our bank (Industrial and
Commercial Bank of China (USA) NA) in a recent meeting
that the account of late Mr. Ron Bramlage, who was one of my branch
depositor, should be declared Dormant, confiscated and

the depositor's fund sent to the Bank Treasury according to U.S.A
Banking and financial law. Late Ron Bramlage died on 7th June 2012 in

plane crash with his family of six (6), his wife and four (4)
children, all died in an ill fated crash on that fateful day.

The bank having made several efforts to contact any of his relatives
to claim this money but without success decided to

confiscate the fund and declare it public fund.

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Late Mr. Ron Bramlage was an account holder in my branch; he owns a
dollar account with a huge sum of money deposited in a Secret account
with my branch. In fact, since his death, no next of kin of the
account holder nor any relative of him has shown up for the claim of
this fund, this is because he has the account as a secret account the
left all the documents for the deposit with me
as his account officer and financial advisor.

This is where I am interested and where I want you to come in, I want
you to come in as a relative of the deceased; do not

bother that you are not in any way related to him because I am in
position to affix
your name as the next of kin to the deceased and no one will question
it since I am the officer in charge of the account. I

will give you the relevant documents and contacts to file the
application and then I will effect the approvals for the

transfer of the fund to your nominated bank account. I will be the one
to provide the vital documents for the claims of the

money and then advise you exactly how we should handle it.

Please include your telephone number when replying this mail so I can
call to give you more information as soon as you

indicate your willingness to assist in this transaction. The whole
Procedures will last only 9 working days to get the fund retrieved
successfully without trace even in future. After the transfer of the
money to your nominated bank account, we shall share the money
40-40.that is I will
have 40% while you will have 40%. Then the balance of 20% will be for
the Charity Organization

Kindly respond promptly so that I can advice you on what next to do.

I will be waiting to hear from you.

Yours truly,

Bob Chen

Vice President & Branch Manager,
Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (USA) NA
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