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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. William C. Dudley<>
Date: 12 Nov 2018 00:07:37 +0200
Subject: Good Day

>From the desk of Mr. William C. Dudley
Federal Reserve Bank of New York,
33 Liberty St
New York, NY 10045-0001

We apologies for the delay of your payment and all the
inconveniences we might put you through, while we were having
some minor problems with our payment system which in all case not
meeting up with fund beneficiary payments, we apologize once
again.From the records of outstanding contractors due for payment
with federal Government of U.S.A your name was discovered as next
on the list out of the 11 outstanding contractors who have not
yet received their payments during the 3 years tenure of the
previous administration in office please bear with us for making
this initial contact through email.Meanwhile, a woman came to
this bank a few days ago with a letter claiming to be your true
representative. Here is her information’s below.

Name: Mrs. Annette stillman
Bank name: Citibank , Arizona , USA .
Account Number: 6503809008
Routing number: 322271627
Swift code#:WMSBUS66
Address: 1723 Palmdale Bulv
Palmdale ca.93550

Please do reconfirm to this bank as a matter of urgency if this
woman is from you or not so that the federal government will not
be held responsible for paying into wrong account, if this woman
is not your representative, you are requested to fill and send
this information’s for verifications purpose so that your fund
valued ($4.700, 000.00 usd) will
be remitted in to your nominated bank account.

Kindly reconfirm to us the following:

As soon as this information is received, your funds wiring will
be processed directly from Federal Reserve Bank of New York USA .
We shall proceed to issue all payment details to the said Mrs.
Annette stillman if we do not hear from you within the next three
working days from today. We are sorry for any inconvenience the
delay in transferring of your fund
must have caused you.

You are alerted to reply urgent via e-mail address:

Mr. William C. Dudley
Director Federal Reserve Bank
33 Liberty St New York , NY 10045-0001

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