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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: =?UTF-8?Q?Steven_M=2E_D=E2=80=99Antuono?= <>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 2021 17:28:41 +0200
Subject: Re: Scam Victims Settlement Compensation.

FBI Washington Field Office
Federal Government Office
Washington, D.C., United States
Address: 601 4th St NW, Washington, DC 20535, United States

Re: Scam Victims Settlement Compensation.

Hello dear, good afternoon to you. I hope you receive this email in a
good state of mind and health. I’m Steven D’Antuono, assistant director
in charge of the FBI’s Washington, D.C. Field Office. This message is to
inform you that the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Bank
Groups (WBG), the African Union (AU), the United Nations (UN) Office are
compensating all the recent scams victims and your email address was
found in the scam victims list as one of their victims . Following a
meeting held by the United Nations (UN), the World Bank President in
calibration with the Executive Board of the IMF together with the United
States Department of the Treasury, as a result of our investigations it
was agreed that the sum of (USD $ 2,500,000.00) will be paid to you from
the funds set aside by the World Bank Groups (WBG) and the US Department
of the Treasury to compensate all the scam victims.

The compensation scheme is open to people who wired money to scammers
via Worldwide through Western Union and MoneyGram, Bank Wire Transfer,
RIA Money Transfer ETC. between January 1, 2004 to December 19, 2020,
The deadline for lodging these claims is November 12, 2021.

This transaction is being supervised by the United State FBI. Your
USD$2,500,000.00 scam victims compensation payment file has been
processed as instructed by the World Bank President in calibration with
the Executive Board of Directors IMF together with the United Nation
Office (UN) and forwarded directly to the chairman, chief executive
officer (CEO) of JPMorgan Chase Bank, for its immediate payment to you
directly to any provided recipient bank account of your choice.

Kindly contact the JPMorgan Chase Bank/CEO Mr. Jamie Dimon, using below
information to claim your scam victim award settlement inheritance fund
$2.5 Million USD.

Contact Person: Jamie Dimon
Chief Executive Officer of JPMorgan Chase
Direct Tel: +1917)563-0034

NB: This transaction is being monitored by the US Federal Bureau of
Investigation law enforcement agency.

Feel free to write to me if you have any questions or need any further

Yours faithfully,
Steven M. D’Antuono
FBI Assistant Director
FBI Washington Field Office

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