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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: " Mr. Robert Justin" <>
Reply-To: "Mr. Robert Justin" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2018 23:12:58 +0900 (JST)
Subject: greeting

Welcome to Chase Bank New York.
Address:270 Park Avenue New York

I am glad to announce to you today that a new payment policy has been
adopted and you have been shortlisted for payment via Online Banking Chase

We hereby inform you that Chase Bank New York have instructed to open online
account with on your behalf to credit your account with the approved amount
of US$17,500,000.00 Million United States Dollars only deposited From Central
Bank of Benin Republic In Africa as instructed by United Nation organization,
Further more Endeavor to email us the following information for immediate

Full Names:
Phone no:

These are the requirements that you need to be aware of before you contact
us below.1)You will fill the online account opening form, Send him an email in
regards to your funds $17.5 Million that has been approved by the Federal
Government of Benin Republic also Federal Government of United State and
United Nation Organization.

Mr. Robert Justin
Foreign Reserve Escrow Account Officer
Chase Bank, New York.
270 Park Avenue New York

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