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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: "Robert Steven Kaplan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 19:16:51 -0800
Subject: Federal Reserve System2200 N Pearl St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA


This is notification message is from the Federal Reserve Dallas District, Your name is enlisted among the beneficiary whose fund is approved for payment, by the Board the Governors Federal Reserve Bank , and the United Nation you can view this page for your perusal:

We have been waiting for you to contact us for you to claim your approved funds of $5.5Million dollar, but to our surprise one Mrs. Brenda Miller came forward for the fund, that, you asked her to claim the fund on your behalf with documentary evidence which we are not sure of it source. This was why we decided to contact you to confirm to us if you really sent Mrs. Brenda Miller. She said, you instruct her that the funds/ATM card should be delivered to the below detail. I will advise that you change your email password, because your email is been used to write to us, but because of the name and address, we have to confirm before proceeding with the delivery.

Delivery details she sent to us:

Receivers name: Brenda Miller
Receivers Address: 555 Reservoir Lane Brooksville Kentucky 41004

Account details for transfer:
Bank Name: Heritage Oaks
Bank Address: 545 Twelfth St, Paso Robles, California 93448
Phone Number: 1(805)239-5200
Account number: 001453521
Routing: 122239982
Swift Code: HEOAUS61
Beneficiary name: Brenda Miller

Most importantly, confirm to us urgently if you gave permission to Mrs. Brenda Miller to claim the fund on your behalf and if you did not authorize anybody, then, you will have to stop communicating with the impersonators and the organizations, because they are trying to divert your fund to themselves. She tries, so hard to change the fund ownership to her name.

Await your prompt response.

Yours in Service

Robert Steven Kaplan
Phone: +1(817) 517-8017
Federal Reserve System2200 N Pearl St, Dallas, TX 75201, USA

Note: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder, it is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, we urge you to treat it genuinely. The information contained in this e-mail is private & confidential and may also be legally privileged. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify us, preferably by e-mail.

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