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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2021 21:37:12 -0800
Subject: Breaking New's From FBI chief? Mr. Christopher A. Wray!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Anti-Terrorist And Monitory Crime Division.
Federal Bureau Of Investigation.
J.Edgar.Hoover Building Washington Dc
Customers Service Hours / Monday To Saturday
Office Hours Monday To Saturday:

Attention Beneficiary.

Compliment of the seasons of pandemic lockdown, With God all things
are possible..... We write in regards to your delayed
Contract/Inheritance Funds in the sum of Ten Million, Five Hundred
United States Dollars (US$10,500,000.00) which you are yet to receive
as a result of your inability to raise the required fee(s) to conclude your
Transaction. This Year 2021 We the FBI has decided to proffer a
solution that will make it easier for all the Beneficiaries to receive
their Funds.

We understood that some Fees are required in order process and
Transfer your Funds into your Account. We are also aware that most
Beneficiaries do not have these required fees.

We have therefore deliberated with the Bank's in charge of this payment
to allow Beneficiaries the privilege of receiving their Funds in two
(2) or three (3) installments. In this case, Beneficiaries will no
longer be required to pay the fee at once, But part of it depending on
the number of installments such Beneficiary will like his/her Funds to
be released to him/her.

Today we want you to Write the Bank and request that you want your
fund to be transferred
to your account by installments payment, so that once the first
payments enters into your account you can then use money from there to
facilitate the transfer of the remaining balance, once the first
installments enters into your account that you will equally give you
another opportunity to do a telex-transfer and withdrawal from your
account, The Bank' are Citi Bank Online transfer Or STANDARD BANK procedure.

The Citi Bank which is now in charge of your Payment has agreed to
give the Beneficiaries the option of receiving their Funds at once, in
two or three installments. This will help any beneficiaries to pay
part of the fee and receive part of their Funds with which such
beneficiary can upset the remaining fee and receive his/her complete
Funds....... To break this down:

1.)One Hundred Dollars ($150) fee will facilitate the release of Fifty
Thousand United States Dollars (US$50,000.00) only.

2.)Three Hundred Dollars ($300) fee will facilitate the release of Two
Hounred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars (US$25,000,00) only.

3.)One Thousand, Six Hundred Dollars ($1,600) fee which is the total
fee will facilitate the release of your Full Contract/inheritance
Funds in the sum of Ten Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars (US$10,500,000.00).

However, Feel free to inform Citibank how much you can raise, If you
can't afford any of the above Mentioned installment,,,, Let Bank know
amount you can come up with. This is the best the FBI
can do for you, after the lockdown and you are advised to take
advantage of this opportunity.

Kindly, contact Mr. Lambert Huddles, at Citi Bank to indicate your
preferred option. He could be reached at: E-mail: { }

NOTE: Do not be shy to indicate
the amount you have in hands (For them to trigger
installments-payment base on our discussion with the Bank) so that the
first payment will move to your account for you to confirm the
existence of the fund before your proceed for the balance.

Have a blessed
Hon. Christopher A. Wray
Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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