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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: "Nelson Clark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <,com>
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 2021 03:23:21 -0700
Subject: Abandoned Inter-Bank Wire Deposit on your name.

Mr. Nelson Clark
JP Morgan Chase Bank
270 Park Ave 31st Floor
New York, NY 10017, USA
Telephone: +1 (917) 983-0024

Greetings to you,

I am divulging this vital information to you which entails an investment amount abandoned with our bank
which is valued at US$5,500,000.00 million.

The inter-bank wire deposit slip states your last name as the final beneficiary that is why I have contacted
you so we can re-direct the fund to your bank account and you’ll give me 30%.

The management of the JPMorgan Chase is undergoing a process of confiscation of unclaimed, unfiltered,
incomplete and suspected deposits emanating and originating from various African banks.

Your name with file no: JPMC-WSAF-XX01593 is on the list submitted. It is my designate, legal and official
duty for final assessment before confiscation is carried out.

Presently, I am in London for a Five (5) days valuation process and external auditing. If you’re still willing
to squash the confiscation and thereby receive the US$5,500,000.00, contact me immediately.

Yours truly,

Nelson Clark
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