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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: Us Bank <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 11:42:54 -0700
Subject: Us Bank.


1025 Connecticut Ave.
NW, Ste. 510. Washington, DC 20036 USA.

Att: Beneficiary,


Definitely, I know that this letter will be a surprising one to you.
In our office Yesterday, there is one MR.TONY LAKERMAN MOORE of 3864
WOODLAWN AVENUE, LYNWOOD, CA, 90262 filing application contrary to
your pending fund transfer. The above mention Name visited this Us
Bank yesterday with a power of attorney given in his favor by your
good self, granting him the benefit to process and claim your
Inheritance of $25, Million United State Dollars for personal reasons.

He further Stated that the online account be Terminated while the fund
should be wired to his Bank account with Bank Of America, Routing
Number 121000358,Swift Code number BOFAUS3N.Our office have asked Mr.
Tony Lakerman Moore returns back to the USBank within 72 hours to enable
us to have a personal confirmation from you being hither to the

We are sorry to have delayed your instruction in giving out this fund
since we must adhere to the mod us operand of this honorable Us Bank
by making sure this request is verified and confirmed by the
beneficiary and his existing attorney.

Your confirmation to the above will be appreciated. We look forward to
hearing from you soon. In receipt of this confidential Letter.

1:Your full name......................
2:Your home address...................
3:Your nationality....................
4:Your sex/age........................
5:Your fax/telephone number...........
6:Your occupation.....................
7:Your next of kin....................

Await your urgent attention to this.

Mr. Rick Ruzzi,
Executive Region Manager,
Us Bank.

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