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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: "FBI Headquarters in Washington" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 22 May 2019 09:17:17 -0700
Subject: FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
601 4th Street NW Washington, DC 20535

Attn: Customer

This is to officially inform you it has come to our notice and we have
thoroughly Investigated with the help of our Intelligence Monitoring
Network System you are communicating with wrong officials of the Bank
Claiming to be the CEO HSBC Bank UK,CEO OF Barclays UK,NON-official of Bank
of America,China Construction Bank Corporation,China Bank,Japan Bank,ABSA
Bank, Standard Bank,Ned bank,Agricultural Bank of China,China,Wells Fargo,
US,PMorga Chase,US,Wells Fargo, US,HSBC Holdings UK,Royal Bank of Canada
Commonwealth Bank Australia,ICBC China,Bank of China,Mitsubishi
UFJ Financial Group,BNP Paribas,Cr?dit Agricole,Citigroup,Deutsche Bank
and Commercial Bank of China. Also wrong official claiming to be the
Secretary General of the United Nation Antonio Guterres,formal FBI
Director James B. Comey,formal FIFA President.During our Investigation,
we noticed that the reason why you have not received your lottery
payments,Contract/Inheritance Payments is because you have not fulfilled
your Financial Obligation given to you in respect of your lottery
payments, Next of Kins Inheritance Payments and Contract.We have contacted
the Federal Ministry of Finance on your Behalf and they have brought a
solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in total
($46,000,000.00 USD) Fourty Six Million Dollars.

The World Bank, FBI and Paris Club introduced this lottery payment
arrangement as to enable our lottery payment, contractors/inheritance
beneficiary to receive their payment without any problems. We have
contacted the Federal Ministry of Finance on your Behalf and they have
brought a solution to your problem by coordinating your payment in total
($46,000,000.00 USD) Fourty Six Million Dollars, all delayed winnings/contract and
inheritance, funds will be immediately released into designated bank
account of the beneficiary in your country without further delay since
we're at the end of the economical year 31 December 2019 which is now due
to be released since the said fund belonged to you.

We apologies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences that
this may have caused during our ongoing investigation on the reason for
delay, however we have made contact with the Reserve Bank Of South Africa
to handle the Final Release of your fund into your account.go through the
link to see those that has accepted to use their humble offices to see
that this procedure is a success:

The bank of England Director (Mr. Spencer Dale and Dr S. Bernanke from
America Federal Reserve Bank New York) also sounded a very serious warning
and issued the last instructions/order to the revenue Service Department
England to quickly release all funds placed on hold which is either in an
escrow account or vaults of any bank respectively to the sole
beneficiaries.You now have the lawful right to claim your funds.

All I want you to do is to contact the ATM Card Centre Via email or call
the office telephone number one of the Consultant will assist you for
their requirements to proceed and procure your Approval Slip on your
behalf which will cost you $200 Dollars only and note that your Approval
Slip which contains details of the agent who will process your
transaction. Since the FBI is involved in this transaction, you have to be
rest assured for this is 100% risk free it is our duty to protect the
American Citizens, UK Citizes, European Citizens, Asian Citizen.Contact
the ATM Card Centre Via email or call the office telephone number one of
the Consultant will assist you for their requirements to proceed.


NAME: Mrs. James Jacobs
Tel: +27 736-734-513

Do contact Mrs. James Jacobs of the ATM Card Centre with your details:


So your files would be updated after which she will send the payment
information which you'll use in making the payment of $200 Dollars via
Bank to Bank transfer or Money Gram Money Transfer for the procurement of
your Approval Slip after which the Delivery of your ATM Card will be
affected to your designated home Address without any further delay and the
bank will transfer your funds in total ($46,000,000.00 USD) Fourty Six Million
Dollars to your Bank account. Mrs. James Jacobs will reply you with the
secret code (1600 ATM CARD). We advice you get back to the payment office
after you have contacted the ATM SWIFT CARD CENTER and we do await your
response so we can move on with our Investigation and make sure your ATM
SWIFT CARD gets to you.

Thanks and hope to read from you soon.
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray
Director Since August 2, 2017 - Present

Note: Do disregard any email you get from any impostors or offices
claiming to be in Possession of your ATM CARD, you are hereby advised only
to be in contact with Mrs. James Jacobs of the ATM CARD centre who is the
rightful person to deal with in regards to your ATM CARD payment and
forward any emails you get from impostors to this office so we could act
upon and commence investigation.

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