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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "transferred into your bank account" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Federal Reserve System <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, 24 Dec 2021 21:14:16 +0100
Federal Reserve System New York, United States of America.
Address: 33 Liberty St, New York, NY 10045.
FINALLY NOTIFICATION FROM THE FEDERAL RESERVE SYSTEM.
Attention my dear, your payment files from these three (3) different
banks (CITI BANK, WELLS FARGO AND BANK OF AMERICA) was compiled and
submitted to my desk for a review. The total sum owed to you by these
3 banks mentioned above was sum up to the tune of ($10.5 million USD),
the funds has been released in our Escrow Account here in the Federal
Reserve Bank New York on your name (which can never be deducted) while
waiting for accreditation to your personal Bank Account.
After proper verification I realized that you are qualified to receive
this ($10.5 million USD), yet your payment was not released to you due
to one flimsy excuses or the orders from the Bank officials or in
charge of your payment, because they had the intention of diverting
your funds to their private accounts in order to satisfy their selfish
interest.Right now your fund is SIGNED/SEALED under an insurance
coverage and as a result of this, no charge will be deducted from your
fund until your ($10.5 million USD) is been transferred into your bank
account wholesomely without been tampered by any other person or
You are very lucky that the management of the US Federal Reserve Bank
has detected all their evil on time and ensures a proper security
checks on your funds.
Remember all modalities regarding your fund release has been put in
place here in the Federal Reserve Bank of America, thus, your funds
has been made ready for transfer in our sophisticated Macro Transfer
System, what we need from you right now is $150 USD the transfer
charges for your ($10.5 million) with the bank account of your choice
which you want us to deposit your funds into, so we can expedite
action for the accreditation of your funds into your account
PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR BANK DETAILS IF YOU RECEIVE THIS EMAIL TODAY,
BECAUSE YOUR MONEY WILL BE TRANSFERRED TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT ONCE YOU
PROVIDE US WITH THE ACCOUNT DETAILS TO DEPOSIT YOUR MONEY.
RECONFIRM TO US THESE INFORMATION
a) FULL NAME_________
b) HOME ADDRESS_________
d) PHONE NUMBER_______
e) ID CARD
Mr. Jerome H. Powell,
16th Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank.