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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: "CIBC Bank USA" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2020 04:01:30 +0100

U.S. Region Corporate Headquarters CIBC
120 South LaSalle Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603

This message is from World Health organization and CIBC Bank USA. The World Health organization deposit some fund in your name in our bank ( CIBC Bank USA ). However, i wish to inform you that a woman submitted her name claiming to be your local representative, to get your fund which is the sum of $34.5 million dollars. Her details and banking particular was among the list certified for payments, see below and confirm for the account she submitted for transfer of your fund.

Beneficiary: Ms. Susan Rice.
Bank Name: The Commerce Bank
Bank Address: 1072, Richmond av
Staten Island, New York
Account Number: 4121097896,
Routing No:003-051-200,
Swift Code: CBNAUS33.

As soon as you receive this fund make sure that you help various charity homes and pay your Tilth and also make sure that you build orphanage homes for GOD from the total funds OK!

Please confirm this information and get back to us so we can proceed further to transfer her the fund if you know her. This notification is from the board of financial.

Mr. George Johnson (Staff)

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