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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: "FEDERAL RESERVE BANK ALERT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2020 11:28:57 -0700
Subject: Deposit Notification

This is to notify you of a deposit in your favor with Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, GA, with details below:
Transaction Type:  DEPOSIT
Transaction Amount: 1,500,000.00
Transaction Currency USD
Account Number 3XX..06X
Transaction Narration WEB Dr @ 29866007-COVID 19 COMMUNITY RELIEF*DEPOSIT 18006994264 800-699
Transaction Remarks 413618896864 / 000000000730
Date and Time 16-April-2020. 05:22:26
Deposit charges: 2,345.97
Cleared Balance 1,497,654.03
Uncleared 0.00
For any other inquiries and log in details to your account, please sms our Customer Fulfillment Center (CFC) with your full names and contact info at +1(404) 458-8798
This email message is confidential and for use by the addressee only. If the message is received by anyone other than the addressee, please delete it from your computer. Arab Bank does not accept responsibility for changes made to this message after it was sent.
Whilst all reasonable care has been taken to avoid the transmission of viruses, it is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure that onward transmission, opening or use of this message and any attachments will not adversely affect its systems or data. No responsibility is accepted by Arab Bank in this regard and the recipient should carry out such virus and other checks as it considers appropriate

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