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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: "Janet L. Yellen" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 05:57:42 -0700
Subject: Funds Availability Notification

U.S. Federal Reserve Bank
Corporate Office, NY, New York.
Janet L. Yellen, The Chair. You will get more information about me below:-
Your payment files from these listed banks, Nat-west Bank of London, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Bank of America Corp., WellsFargo & Co.PNC Financial Services Group Inc., TD Bank US Holdings LLC., Chase Bank, Capital One Financial Corp.Cr, Calyon.Lloyds Banking Group, UK, Barclays, UK Cr. was compiled and submitted to my desk for review.
The sum owed to you by any of these banks mentioned above was summed up to the total of about $500,000.00 [Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only]. The fund has been totally lodged in one particular Escrow account (NON-DEDUCTIBLE) here in the US Federal Reserve Bank, while waiting for accreditation to your bank account in any part of the world. Meanwhile, after due scrutiny and verification, I confirmed that you have fulfilled all the necessary obligations that will enable the release of your payment to you, but yet your payment was not released to you due to one flimsy excuse or the other from the Bank officials 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.
You are however lucky that we the management of the US Federal Reserve Bank detected their evil plans and therefore call for the submission of your payment file to us so that we can personally handle the payment assignment to ensure that you receive your funds accordingly. Now, all modalities regarding your funds release/transfer have been put in place here in the Reserve Bank of United States of America, thus, your funds has been made ready for transfer in our sophisticated macro transfer system, what we need from you now is to provide to us the bank account of your choice where you want us to transfer your funds to, so that we can expedite action for the accreditation of your funds into your account immediately.
Note: If you also wish to receive your funds in form of a Visa Card, we could load your total funds into a VIP Visa Card and ship it to your address which will permit you a daily withdrawal limit of US$10,500.
Below are the information needed for now with regards to either Transfer to your Bank account or Delivery to your current address.
Personal Details
Full Name:
Current Address:
Direct Mobile Number:
E-mail Address:
Bank Name:
Thanks for your co-operation as I wait to hear from you.
Janet L. Yellen
Chair, U.S. Federal Reserve Bank.
Federal Reserve Bank
Corporate Office, NY, New York.
Federal Reserve Bank, N.A. Member FDIC.
2017 Federal Reserve Bank Corporation.
All rights reserved.

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