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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 <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2021 15:49:49 -0700
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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