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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:

Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2019 14:35:43 -0400


Attention p/s,

My name is Mr. Jerome H. Powell. The Chairman of the Federal Reserve
System United States Of America. (FRS) and the 16th Chairman of the
Federal Reserve System United States Of America. I assumed duty as
Chairman of the Federal Reserve System United States Of America on
February 5th, 2018 at the Federal Reserve System head office in
Washington Dc following the confirmation of my nomination by President
Donald Trump on February 4th, 2018.

However, acting in my capacity as appointed Chairman of the Federal
Reserve System (FRS) I have been mandated by the United States Senate
to check through the statutory disk of every pending payment during
the last quarter of the year. Hence, your payment file has been
forwarded to my desk for final approval. Therefore, after vetting and
verification about the source and origin of your funds, I am convinced
100% that the $ dollars is a legitimate inheritance claim. Hence, I
have granted approval for the release of the $5 Million United state
dollars in your favor.

For this reason, your payment has been rightfully approved and will be
paid out directly into your bank account via "Automatic Swift
Transfer" from our Electronic transfer unit. Already, all transfer
processing has been concluded in line with the new (FRS) Payment
Policy But before the $5 Million United state dollars can be credited
into your bank account, a "PAYMENT RELEASE CODE" must be issued to you
personally from the Electronic Transfer Unit, which will enable your
funds to be credited into your bank account within 24hours. Issuance
of the "PAYMENT RELEASE CODE" is in total compliance with the
Principles of the Banking Codes on Money Laundering and it is also in
accordance with the new FRS Payment Policy. Hence, issuance of the
"PAYMENT RELEASE CODE” attracts a fee of $1,040 dollars ONLY; and is
the ONLY FEE you will be requested to pay for the final release of
your funds, all other charges will be deducted at source automatically.

On the note of receiving your inheritance funds, you are requested to
forward the details of your receiving bank account; as well as making
arrangement to secure and send the issuance fee of $1,040 dollars for
the "PAYMENT RELEASE CODE”. The $1,040 dollar fee must be sent through
"RECEIVER" with name of the Payment officer at the Electronic Money
Transfer Unit.

I am expecting to receive your earliest reply and details of your
receiving bank account, as well as wait for slip copy of the $1,040
dollars must be needed. Please note this if you are not ready to pay
the needed fee $1,040 for "PAYMENT RELEASE CODE", do not reply this
message because I will do nothing with out the payment. This is the
rules and regulations which we can not go contrary out of it. Once
again congratulations in advance. We are sorry for all you have lost
in the past and we are here again to make all the American great
again. America First.

Best Regards,
Mr. Jerome H. Powell
Chairman of the Federal Reserve.
Mr. William C. Dudley
President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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