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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: "CHRISTOPHER WRAY[FBI]" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2019 18:54:54 -1200
Subject: Information from FBI[Code:210]f]





The Federal bureau of investigation (FBI) Washington,D.C in conjunction with

some other relevant Investigations Agencies have recently been informed

through our Global intelligence monitoring network that your over-due

contract payment which was fully endorsed in your favor accordingly by the

Central bank of Malaysia(Bank Negara Malaysia) has not been claimed.

It might interest you to know that we have taken out time in screening

through this project as stipulated on our protocol of operation and have

finally confirmed that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free

from all facet and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund

without any further delay.

We further advise that you go ahead in dealing with the Central Bank office

accordingly as we will be monitoring all their services with you as well as

your correspondence at all level.

We were also made to understand that a lady with name Mrs.

Joan C.Bailey from OHIO has already contacted them and also presented to

them all the necessary documentation evidencing your claim purported to have

been signed personally by you prior to the release of your contract fund

valued at about $25million us dollars only but the Central Bank office did

the wise thing by insisting on hearing from you personally before they go

ahead on wiring your fund to the Bank information which was forwarded to

them by the above named Lady so that the main reason why they contacted us

so as to assist them in making the investigation.

Contact immediately the office of the Central Bank of Malaysia (Bank Negara

Malaysia) via email with the below information accordingly:

NAME: Nor Shamsiah Mohamad Yunus

OFFICE ADDRESS: Bank Negara Malaysia,

Jalan Kuching, Kuala Lumpur,

Wilayah Persekutuan,Kuala Lumpur,



Meanwhile, we will advise that you contact the office of the Governor of the

Central Bank immediately with the above email address and request that they

attend to your payment file as directed, so as to enable you receive your

contract fund accordingly.

To this effect, you are required to reconfirm and authenticate your given

particulars below for certainty and onward processing and release of you

funds as we may not be held liable for any wrong payment.

FULL NAMES:________________________________

CITY: _____________________________

ZIP: _____________




TELEPHONE NUMBER:_____________________

FAX: __________________________

Ensure you follow all their procedure as may be required by them as that

will further help hasten up the whole procedure as regard to the transfer of

your fund to you as designated.

Also have in mind that the Central Bank of Malaysia equally have their own

protocol of operation as stipulated on their banking terms, so delay could

be very dangerous.

Thank you very much for your anticipated co-operation in advance as we

earnestly await your urgent response to this matter.

Best Regards,

Christopher Wray[FBI Director]

Federal Bureau of Investigation

J. Edgar Hoover Building

935 Pennsylvania Avenue,

NW Washington, D.C.

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