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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: "GODWIN EMEFIELE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2018 22:41:41 -0700

This is to inform you that we have received the directives to release your payment, but we are have contradicting release instruction from one Mr Grant Wong who submitted an account as stated below where the money should be transferred into:
Beneficiary:             ExeLED Holdings Inc.
Beneficiary Adress:  5310 Ward Road, Suite 106 Arvada, Colorado 80002, USA
Account Number:     121098336
Bank Routing Nr.:    021000021
Swift Code:             CHASUS33
Bank Name:            JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A.
Bank Adress:           1125 17th Street, Denver, Colorado, USA
Be informed that we needed an urgent confirmation to this information to enable us release this money immediately.
Thank you and waiting as urgent
Mr. Godwin Emefiele
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