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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: Janet Louise Yellen <>
Date: Wed, 21 Jul 2021 10:36:44 -0700


My name is Janet Louise Yellen an American economist who is serving as
the 78th and current United States Secretary of the Treasury as part of
the Cabinet of Joe Biden. Previously, I was the 15th chair of the
Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018. I was the first woman to hold either

Previously on my twitter account where I gave a hint of this program on
Jan 29. I Tweeted "We need to act big & act now to help people make it
to the other side of the pandemic. The American Rescue Plan has small
business in mind I enjoyed discussing it with a panel of small business
owners from across the country yesterday"

This is what we are talking about even though this transactions are
meant to be confidential.

However, at the international Financial organization Annual Meeting in
Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Which convened world leaders to discuss the
global, regional, and industry agendas in the middle of each year.

It was agreed among other things and with the Global Financial Integrity
(GFI) that making growth sustainable, making growth inclusive, and
harnessing technology for good is a priority and must be tackled without
delay. The amount which was awarded to you is US$2,500,000.00

Speaking with The United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA and
with the Council of Europe adding the Asian Parliamentary Assembly are
all in support of the pay off of beneficiaries from countries in Europe
who are guided by the European Union (EU) organization, also USA, South
America, Middle East, Africa, and ASIA through online banking system in
order to avoid the huge payment of tax in your country.

Therefore the EU Parliament which is headquartered in Strasbourg,
France, and has its administrative offices in Luxembourg City initiated
an electronic Random pick and through this electronic Random pick, your
email was chosen for the implementation of making sustainable growth and
harnessing technology for good. Funds have been mapped out for those
picked in this process.

This disbursement will be monitored by the Global Financial Integrity
the representative you are therefore advised to contact Mrs. Judith Gail
Garber who will monitor the release of your funds.
Name: Mrs. Judith Gail Garber
E-mail contact is:

Best Regards,
Janet Louise Yellen

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