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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: "William C. Dudley" <"federalreserve.">
Reply-To: "William C. Dudley" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 21:30:12 +0900 (JST)

From: Federal Reserve Bank New York
Headquarters: New York, NY, United States of America
Founded: 1914, New York City, New York, United States
ADDRESS: 33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0001

From the desk of Hon. Janet Louise Yellen.

Attention Dear, Greetings From Federal Reserve Bank New York and United States Integration. I am Reaching Out To You Regarding A Recent Consolidation Of Your Bank Funds. Your Compensation Files From Four World Banks Were Compiled Earlier This Month And Submitted To Me For Review, Your Accrued A Trust Sum Of $15,500,000.00 Usd.
We Attempted To Contact You Multiple Times, And Hope This Gets To You. Because You Had Not Claimed Your Trust Before The International Fund Transfer Changes In 2016, Your Account Was Compiled And Locked As A Non-Deductible Escrow Account At The Federal Reserve Bank. This Account Is In Your Name, And Requires Accreditation Before We Can Release The $15,500,000.00 Trust. In Order To Speed Up The Process, I Have Conducted A Thorough Verification Process To Confirm That You Are The Individual Attached To This Account. I Have Also Confirmed That You Have Fulfilled All The Necessary Obligations And Have A Proper Credit Rating To Enable The Release Of Your Payment Into A Personal Account Of Your Choice.

The Trust Fund Has Been Authorized For Release By The Federal Reserve Bank, Which Has Your Registered Consolidated Account. You Are Approaching A Three Year Non-Response, And Your Fund Will Be Released Back To The Four Banks If You Do Not Contact Our Office Within The Next Four Weeks.
The Federal Reserve Bank Utilizes A Secured Macro Transfer System, And Your Funds Can Be Transferred In 2-5 Days If You Reply To This Authorized Email With The Following Information. The More Information You Provide, The Quicker The Approval Process Will Be Completed.

First Name*:
Last Name*:
Residential Address*:
Email Address*:
Phone Number*:
Marital Status*:

If You Prefer To Receive Your Funds On A Pre-Loaded Visa Card, We Could Ship Your Card To Your Address. Please Note That Cards Have A Daily Withdrawal Limit Of $10,000 Usd. We Can Also Write You A Draft Check, Which Can Be Deposited In Any Bank. I Anticipate Your Timely Response Before The Account Deactivates.

Note: According To Our Agreement With The Assigned Legal Solicitor From The Imf And Un, All Our Communications Should Be On E-Mail, Or Sms +1(646) 948-2679 For Record Purpose. For more about Hon. Janet Louise Yellen, click the below link: Janet_Yellen

Thank You,
Director William C. Dudley, Hon. Janet's Representative.
The Incumbent Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.
ADDRESS: 33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0001.

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