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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 James Gorman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 09:51:07 -0800
Subject: Federal Reserve Bank Payment

Federal Reserve Bank of New York
33 Liberty Street, NY 10038 USA.

Ref: Final Payment Notification Release:

This is to inform you that We-have this day 14th February. 2019 received a payment compensation from The Federal government to credit your account with your full Inheritance fund of $10.5Million dollars you are hereby advised to get back to our bank without delay.

However, you shall required to provide the followings Details below:

{1}. Full Name and Address.:
{2}. Confidential Tel, Cell.
{3). Bank name and address.:
{4). A/c Name and A/c Numbers.:
(5). Swift Code / Routing Numbers.:

Please do provide the above information accurately, because this office cannot afford to be held liable for any wrong transfer of funds or liability of funds credited into a ghost account.

Thanks for banking with our bank while we looking forward to serving you with the best of our service.

Thanks and God bless you.

Yours in Service,
Mr James Gorman

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