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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: "Mrs.Cathleen H. Nash" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2021 04:57:57 -0700
Subject: Chief Executive Officer of Wood-forest National Bank

Dear Customer,

We give you only 6 working days to receive your fund from our Bank or
no more: The WoodForest National Bank Ohio controlling department
controlling of the security transfer CODE which is(WF/200/105/09), the
Authentication section codec of this bank concludes the verification
of your file. After going through all the documents of claim received
by this department with justification and verification from the global
strategy United States we are completely satisfied and you have been

The WoodForest National Bank concerning wire transfers of your
funds.Your letter has been referred to the (JMCB) Legal Division for
Funds (US$17.5 Million Dollars) Transferred code. (WF/200/105/09). We
are satisfied using Electronic Wire Transfer or Swift Wire Transfer
and the rights and liabilities of using of electronic and Swift fund
transfer systems are defined by the Electronic Fund Transfer Act.

The regulation, however, which implements this statute, 12 C.F.R. Part
205, Regulation E. specifically states that its provisions are
inapplicable to a situation such we must ensure your Funds Transferred
to your destination Bank Account between 2 hours.Considering the
volume of your payment, it is right for us to seek for the approval of
some money regulatory Boards here in United States before we can carry
out the Transfer of an amount of such magnitude to anybody,

otherwise any such transfer will be stopped by the Authorities of
WoodForest National Bank, and the International Monetary Fund (IMF),
since your Transfer is Electronic Transfer or Swift Wire transfer is
almost activated with our bank and the only thing holding the final
activation of your Account are some certain Approval Documents from
the concerned Authorities here in United States, and for that reason,
you are required to pay the Sum of $87 as this money will be used by
our Bank Attorney to Obtain all the necessary documents that will
enable the final activation of your Funds.

WoodForest National Bank hereby state officially that the required
payment will remain the only and final monetary obligation required
from You prior to the final transfer of your funds, hence any further
charges will be our bank' s full responsibility till final transfer of
your payment is made to your bank account. We awaits your urgent
response to obtain the remaining documents through our bank Attorney,
kindly send the funds directly to our attorney in Benin Republic where
the document will be obtained from with information below through
World Remit/ RIA or Money Gram.

Receiver' s Name: HASSAN BASHIRU
State: Benin Republic city Cotonou
Text Question: In God
Text Answer: We Trust
Amount :$87
After sent the money kindly fill the below details for pick up"
Mtcn Number. . . .
Sender ' s name. . . .
Sender ' s address. . .

In respect you are inquiring to pay Wire Transfer Electronic Transfer
charges ($87 ) or Swift transfer ($87 ) [BANK B], under section
47-4A302 of US law Wood Forest National Bank, a depository institution
which wire transfers funds may not deduct any fees for handling the
wire transfer from the amount of money which is to be transferred to
your provided Bank Account The fastest Wire Transfer is Electronic
Transfer which only takes just 2 hours to reflect in Account, and
Swift Wire transfer takes 5 hours to remit.

You are require to get back to me if you are pleased with the Banking
rules for more information on how to make any of your choice Wire
Transfer charges send for the your Funds ($17.5 Million) Wire Transfer
processing to commence as soon as possible. This law is stated
according to section 35 and 36 of the banking sector interaction realm
of our constitution and the outside world. Based on article of
association and memorandum of association, the Chase controlling
agency of United States and your happiness suits our stand and we will
make sure that your fund is fully endorsed to your bank account as
soon as you have comprehended with our instructions.

bank account details for Electronic Transfer to avoid mistake or
should in case you created a new account)
Your Country......
Bank Name and Address
Account Number:
Account Name:
Routing Number:

We give you only 6 working days to receive your fund from our bank or
no more. So contact us with the payment now. Thank you for giving us
the opportunity to serve your banking needs.

Yours sincerely,
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, Robert E. Marling Jr
Call me or text message telephone number: + 1(254-252-5706
Chief Executive Officer of Wood-forest National Bank
And Mrs.Cathleen H. Nash Director of Wood-forest National Bank

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