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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: "Collins Blue" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 Jan 2019 11:52:44 -0800

Dear Customer,
My name is Sandra Davis, Board of Directors of United Nations and Chief Executive Officer, effective April 16, 2018,
The United Nations {UN} has giving you extra three working days to receive your fund from Citibank Plc, New york or you will lose the opportunity for ever. So you are advised to comply immediately to avoid the cancellation of your fund, follow the instruction immediately for your own good and future
The Citibank  controlling department controlling of the security transfer CODE which is (CI201), the Authentication section code of this bank concludes the verification of your file. After going through all the documents of claim received by this department with justification and verification from the global strategy United States we are completely satisfied and you have been confirmed.
The Citibank concerning wire transfers of your fund. Your letter has been referred to the (JMCB) Legal Division for Funds (US$2.8 Million Dollars) Transferred code (). We are satisfied using Electronic Wire Transfer or Swift Wire Transfer and the rights and liabilities of using of electronic and Swift fund transfer systems are defined by the Electronic Fund Transfer Act... The regulation, however, which implements this statute, Regulation E. specifically states that its provisions are inapplicable to a situation such we must ensure your Funds Transferred to your destination Bank Account between 72 hours.
Considering the volume of your payment, it is right for us to seek for the approval of some money regulatory Boards here in United States before we can carry out the Transfer of an amount of such magnitude to anybody, otherwise any such transfer will be stopped by the Authorities, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), since your Transfer is Electronic Transfer or Swift Wire transfer is almost activated with our bank and the only thing holding the final activation of your Account are some certain Approval Documents from the concerned Authorities here in United States
Provide your designated bank account details for Electronic Transfer, to avoid mistake(s).
Bank Name and Address
Account Number:
Account Name:
Routing Number:
your home adress and phone number,
place of work and address.
send it the citibank remittance manager. on her email :
UN gives you only 3 working days to receive your fund from our bank or no more so follow the instruction by sending email to us back with the bank detail details along with your personal details.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your banking needs.
Yours sincerely
Board of Directors of  Citibank
Sandra Davis
Chief Executive Officer, effective April 16, 2018

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