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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2021 13:02:50 +0430
Subject: Hello dear

Federal Reserve Bank, cooperation Office
New York 33 Liberty St, New York, NY 10045
Ref: USFRB/ IRU/SFE/ 15.5/SFCA/011


Federal Reserve Bank Funds Release Order! Your payment files from three different banks, (1) Nat West Bank of London (UK). (2) Bank of America (USA). (3) National Bank of Kuwait France SA. Compiled and submitted to my desk this morning for review. The total sum owed to you by the three Banks mentioned above was sum up to the tune of US$15.500, 000, 00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

Now your fund’s has been totally lodged in one particular Escrow account (nondeductible) here in the Federal Reserve Bank on your name, while waiting for Accreditation to your personal bank account in any part of the world as directed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Mrs. Kristalina Georgieva.
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 the management of the America International Monetary Fund detected their evil plans and therefore called for the submission of your payment file to us so we can personally handle the payment assignment to ensure that you receive your funds accordingly.
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 the form of a Federal Reserve Bank ATM MasterCard, 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 sent to you.
In anticipating for your urgent cooperation, God bless America Thanks for banking with us.
Yours sincerely

Dr. Jerome H. Powell
CEO Federal Reserve Bank
Incumbent ChairpersonFederal Reserve Bank, cooperation Office
New York 33 Liberty St, New York, NY 10045
Ref: USFRB/ IRU/SFE/ 15.5/SFCA/011

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