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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: Jamie Dimon <>
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 2021 06:53:00 +0100
Subject: FROM JPMORGAN CHASE & Co.(Respond back with your answer to the above question)

From the Desk Of:
Manager: Mr.Jamie Dimon,
JP Morgan Chase Bank New York
270 Park Ave. New York City

I write to know if you are aware that people are coming to ask for
your fund? a man called Clifton Jay Redfearn, address 1019w10TH
Okmulgee,Oklahoma 74447 USA have been disturbing me to release your
fund to him and I do not know who sent him, could it be you? I am
wondering why he knows that your fund in under my care and I also want
to know if you are the one that sent this man called Clifton Jay
Redfearn to come to my office and ask after your fund.

Respond back with your answer to the above question.

Yours Faithfully,

Manager: Mr.Jamie Dimon,
JP Morgan Chase Bank New York
270 Park Ave. New York City,
Office mail Address:

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