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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: Capital One Bank <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 07:52:45 +0900
Subject: Attention: Beneficiary


We, the Capital One Bank has received a mandated instruction letter from the Federal Reserve Bank New York to release your inheritance fund worth € 10.5m Euro to you. And we are willing and ready to release the amount to you as advised by the above stated finance firm. But due to the issues or problems facing global inheritance wire transfers in demanding different kinds of documents by numerous impostors and impersonators before the successful completion of your transaction, we, have decided to release your fund through the fastest way of Online or telephone banking system. And it has been approved by the U.S government authority under the supervision of the FBI, CIA and Interpol which has been endorsed by these mentioned authorities, been for the immediate release of your fund within few working days as soon as you meet up with compliance as follows:-

Full Name
Home Address
Direct/ Cell number
Attached DL or Int'l Passport.

Note that the only amount it will cost you to open the Online or telephone banking system (Account Opening Balance Fee) in your name is € 170 Euro only. For your information, this fee is obligatory so as to enable us set up the online account in your name and send you the account access details so that you will start transferring your fund to your local bank account.

Finally, we are waiting for your response so that you will be given instruction or directives on how to make the payment.

Your quick response will be mostly appreciated.

Yours in service,

Richard Fairbank
CEO, Capital One Bank.

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