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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: "Mr. James P. Gorman" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 16:51:05 +0100
Subject: Attention: beneficiary, Contract fund credit from bank federal
reserve board

Attention: beneficiary,

Contract fund credit from bank federal reserve board

This is to let you know that we received a payment credit instruction
from the bank federal reserve board to credit your account with your
full inheritance fund of us$10.5 million from the Nigeria reserve
account with our bank.

However, what we required from you is your banking particulars where
you want your fund to be transferred.

{1}. Your full name and address
{2}. Your telephone, and fax
{3). Your bank name and address
{4). Your a/c name and numbers
(5). Your swift code / routing numbers
(6) .Your current occupation

Be informed that transfer will commence immediately we hear from you
with the account information. Once more, bank Federal Reserve board
will not hesitates to credit your account within 24 hours in
accordance with fund release order regulations.

View attached copy of my working identification card to know whom you
are dealing with and to proof to you that the fund you are about to
receive from our bank to your banking account is real fund and

Your immediate response is highly needed to enable us commence for the transfer.

Thanks for banking with Federal Reserve Bank while we looking forward
to serving you better.

Congratulation to your inheritance fund.

Thanks and God bless you.

Yours Truly,

Mr. James P. Gorman
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Morgan Stanley
Director Federal Reserve Bank New York

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