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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: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 12:34:59 +0300 (EEST)

US Federal Reserve Bank Corporate Office
Constitution Ave NW & 20th Street Northwest,
Washington, DC 20551, United States
Our Ref:USRB/0UNv/CIA/32/DC/0120
United States of America

Federal Reserve Bank®

Your payment files from three (3) different banks, NatWest Bank of
London, Central Bank of Nigeria and Bank of America was compiled
and submitted to my desk this morning for review. The total sum
owed to you by the 3 banks mentioned above was sum up to the tune
of US$32,000,000.00 (Thirty Two Million United States Dollars).

Now the fund has been totally lodged in one particular Escrow
account (non deductible) here in the Federal Reserve Bank Washington, DC
on your name, while waiting for accreditation to your personal
bank account in any part of the world.

Meanwhile, after due scrutiny and verification, I confirmed that
you have fulfilled all the necessary obligations that will enable
the release of your payment to you, but yet your payment was not
released to you due to one flimsy excuses or the other from the
Bank officials in charge of your payment, because they had the
intention of diverting your funds to their private accounts in
order to satisfy their selfish interest.

You are however lucky that we the management of the US Federal
Reserve Bank detected their evil plans and therefore call for the
submission of your payment file to us so we can personally handle
the payment assignment to ensure that you receive your funds

Now, all modalities regarding your fund release has been put in
place here in the Reserve Bank of America, thus, your funds has
been made ready for transfer in our sophisticated macro transfer
system, what we need from you now is to provide to us the bank
account of your choice which you want us to transfer your funds so
we can expedite action for the accreditation of your funds into
your account immediately.

Below are the information needed for now for your transfer.

1. Personal Details:

Full Name:
Current Address:
Direct Mobile Number:
Passport Copy, ID card or DL:

2. Banking Details:

Bank Name:
Bank Address:
Account Name
Account Number:
Routing Number:
Swift Code:

Note: If you prefer to receive your funds in form of a Visa Card,
we could load and ship your Visa Card to your address which will
permit you a daily withdrawal limit of US$3000 or write a draft
check which can be deposited in any bank and send to you.

In anticipating for your urgent cooperation

Yours sincerely, the new President US FRB
Mr. Jerome Hayden Powell
President & Chairman Federal Reserve Bank
Federal Reserve Bank Washington DC
Pr, Email( )
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All rights reserved.

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