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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: Tue, 17 Nov 2020 15:58:03 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary Email ID,

Email :

Attention Beneficiary Email ID,

It has come to the notice of the authority the federal bureau of
investigation (FBI) Division United States of American through our
intelligence-monitoring network today we have discovered that the
transaction that the bank contacted you previously was legal. Recently the
fund has been legally approved to be paid via Heritage bank.

So, we the federal bureau of investigation (FBI), in conjunction with the
United Nations (UN) financial department have investigated through our
monitoring network regarding your overdue payment of $12.5 million, You
have the legitimate right to complete your transaction to claim your fund
US$12.5,000,000.00 (Twelve million five hundred thousand united states

Because of so much scam going on in the internet now, the federal bureau
of investigation decided to contact the delivery Courier Company service
for them to give us their procedures on how to send this money to you
without any further complaint or delay. We just got an information from the
Heritage bank and they have loaded your $12.5,000,000.00 into an ATM CARD
that will be submitted to the delivery courier company service for
immediate delivery to your doorstep as soon as you send their required
shipping fee stated below to heritage bank Managing Director/CEO Mr Ifie
J .Sekibo

You are required to choose one option, which you will be able to pay the
required fee and also ask the management of Heritage bank to give you the
information you will use to send the required shipping fee and also
convenient for you, for quick delivery of your parcel containing your ATM
CARD and other two original back up documents that will enlighten you on
how to use the ATM card.

Service Type, Delivery, Duration Charges, Fees

FedEx Express (24hrs Delivery)
Mailing $80.00
Insurance $970.00
Vat $40.00
TOTAL $1,090.00

DHL Courier (2 Days)
Mailing $70.00
Insurance $795.00
Vat $25.00l
TOTAL $890.00

UPS Express (4Days)
Mailing $60.00
Vat (0%)10.
TOTAL $700.00

You are hereby required to advise the Heritage bank Chief Executive Officer
Ifie Sekibo , on your parcel delivery option by filling the required
form stated above.

Please note that the deadline for claiming your funds is exactly one week
after the receipt of this email. At this period your funds will return back
to the ordering customer. That is the instruction given to us from the
United Nations (UN) financial department.

So take note. We advise you to contact Mr Ifie J .Sekibo the Managing
Director/CEO of Heritage bank with this payment number {FBI30FUNDS} and
your {mailing address and full name and your contact number} to ensure
conformity with our record for immediate dispatch of your parcel to you.
Only valid residential, Office address and postal address are certified
OK. We are here to protect you from any problem until you receive your
package, But make sure you text Mr Ifie Sekibo on this number +234
-8061395185 Hot line yourself with above information and ask him to give
you the info you will use to send the required shipping fee to enable quick
releasing the ATM
card to you because bankers is always engage with many customers activities.

Below is Heritage Bank Managing Director/CEO. contact details:

Contact Person::: Ifie J .Sekibo
Managing Director/CEO of Heritage bank Nigeria West Africa Fund
Compensation representative Contact Number::: +234 8061395185 Hot line
Contact Email::: { }
Looking forward to hear from you as soon as you receive this message

Best Regards,

Christopher A. Wray
Federal Bureau of Investigation
J. Edgar Hoover Building
935 Pennsylvania Avenue,
NW Washington, D.C.


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