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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: student@nb.local
Date: Sun, 30 May 2021 23:52:48 -0700
Subject: my subject

Good Day

I was contacted by the IMF Department USA to contact you consigning the funds released from the World Bank president (Mr David Malpass). The Initial Funds released from the HSBC BANK Washington, DC, United States was $1.92billion to settle charges of money laundering as published on this site ( the HSBC BANK has chosen a capable affiliate bank to handle this transaction and your share out of the money being released from the HSBC BANK came out to be $5million United state dollars.

The IMF DEPARTMENT contacted us on Friday because we are the international bank here in the United State of America that deals with foreign currency as the IMF cannot communicate with you directly as they work with banks directly not individuals. So I am contacting you on behalf of the IMF DEPARTMENT here in USA and also HSBC BANK Washington, DC, United States, to inform you that our bank will be the paying bank of your funds and you will have to open a temporary account with us to make the release of your funds more easier.

This is how it will work, after setting up the account with us, you will have a direct login username and password/ pin to access your account, we will release your funds into your account here in Golden Bank then you can transfer by yourself to any bank of your choice. Kindly call me for more verification (281)-698-3927

Thanks and I will be waiting to hear from you.

Dr. Kuo Huang
CEO Golden Bank, N.A.

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