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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. Jerome Hayden Powell" <>
Date: Wed, 10 Nov 2021 16:51:16 -0800
Subject: Urgent Attention Beneficiary,

From the Desk Of Mr Jerome Hayden Powell
Federal Reserve Bank / Headquarter:New York, NY, United States of
America: Founded: 1914, New York City, New York, United States:
ADDRESS: 33 Liberty St New York, NY 10045-0001:

Attention Dear Sole Beneficiary.

This is fifth times we have sent you this email notification regarding
the final release order of your approval payment files from (4)
different banks, Your payment files from (4) different banks, Nat
West Bank of London, BANK OF AMERICA, UBA BANK Cotonou Benin Republic
and Federal Reserve Bank was compiled and submitted to my desk this
month for review. The total sum owed to you by the 4 banks mentioned
above was sum up to the tune of US$12,000,000,000.00 (Twelve Billion
State Dollars ).

Now the fund has been totally lodged in one particular Escrow account
( non deductible ) here in FEDERAL RESERVE BANK New York City on your
name, while waiting for accreditation to your personal bank account in
any part of the world for the quickly transfer.

Meanwhile, after due scrutiny and verification, I confirmed that you
have fulfilled all the necessary obligations that will enable the
release of your payment US$12,000,000,000.00 (Twelve Billion United
State Dollars) to you, but yet your payment was not released to you
due to one flimsy excuses or the other from the Bank officials in
charge of your payment, because they had the intention of diverting
your funds to their private accounts in order to satisfy their interest.
Secondly, the only money you have to pay for the transfer to take
place is just $100 dollars being the approval payment certification
from the government of United states of America and you are giving a
limited time to send the payment and please be advise that you are to
send the payment to federal reserve bank new York USA to get this
needed document and from your fund countries of origins.

As soon as the required fee is received from you today, your funds
will be wired to your bank account directly from Federal Reserve Bank
New York
USA . We shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mrs.
Annette Stillman if we do not hear from you within the next two
working days from today.

Here is the information you will use to send the payment through
Western union or Ria Money Transfer. Please be advised, If you could
not send by western Union means you will buy Google Play Card or Steam
Wallet Gift Cards to cover the payment. scratch back of the card
attached it and send the photo to me, you can buy the itunes apple
card at any Wal-Mart or Supermarket around you just for your own

CITY::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: NEW YORK
AMOUNT:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::$100 USD

Send to me the following info once you send the payment.

Senders Name:
MTCN / Reference #:

Note: If you will prefer to receive your funds in form of a ATM
CARD,Then we could load your funds into ATM CARD and ship your Card to
your address which will permit you to withdrawal of US$25,000 USD
three times daily. Attached here is the scanned copy of my valid
working identification for your confidence

You alerted reply urgent Get back to us now.

Yours in Service,
Mr. Jerome Hayden Powell
Chairman Federal Reserve Board New York

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