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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:

Date: Wed, 17 Nov 2021 01:07:22 +0100
Subject: Dear Funds Beneficiary

Corporate Office Federal Reserve Bank Corporate Office
33 Liberty St, New York, NY 10045, USA

Our Ref: frb-kl301/mm/21
Date: 17/11/2021

Dear Funds Beneficiary

Re: Payment instruction US$8,500,000.00/Assigned Fiduciary Agent

Are you alive or dead? We received several emails from one Mr. Peter
Anderson who narrated to us about how you passed away due to the
current pandemic 2weeks ago. Mr. Peter made us understand that you
tested positive for Covid19 and later died of the virus at the
isolation center, He stated that he is your business associate and
your next of kin whom you have chosen and permitted to inherit all
your properties. He is contacting this office based on your
contract/Inheritance payment fund valid USD$8.5 ($8.5 million dollars
Which is about to be paid to you. He requested that the payment should
now be transferred into his own personal account as he stated below.

Account Name Mr. Peter Anderson
Citibank Banamex USA
2029 Century Park East Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 18002227534
Routing Number: 122233645
Account Number: 5944130210

We request your confirmation before we can process this transfer to
Mr. Peter Anderson Bank Account. This is to avoid releasing your money
to wrong person because Mr. Peter is too eager and ready to follow
every instruction to have this money into his account. If you did not
test positive for Covid19 and you did not permit Mr. Peter to claim your money.
Kindly reply this message with your full contact information so we can
process the release of the $8.5 million dollars to you.
My Mobile no:/
Waiting to hear from you
Mr. Edward Lamekek
(Operation Head) F.R.B

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