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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: Thu, 30 Dec 2021 22:51:18 -0800
Subject: Online Account Be Terminated

In Our office Was A Presence Of One Mr. Shem Pullen of 343 mustang
St prairie Lea Texas 78661 with his ID attached .filing application
contrary to your pending fund transfer. The above mentioned person
visited this Bank yesterday with a power of attorney given in his
favor by your good self, granting him the benefit to process and claim
your inheritance of $5,000,000.00( Five Million United States Dollars
Only) for personal reasons.

He further Stated that the online account be Terminated while the fund
should be wired to his Bank account with J.P Morgan Chase, NY,
Routing Number 021000021 Acct 066196-221 Bank
Address: One Chase Manhattan Plaza
New York, NY 10005
.Our office have ask Mr. Shem Pullen return back to the Bank within
48hours to enable us have a personal confirmation from you being
hitherto the beneficiary.

We are sorry to have delayed your instruction in giving out this fund
since we must adhere to the mod-us operands of this honorable bank by
making sure this request is verified and confirmed by the beneficiary
and his existing attorney.

Thanks and God Bless,
Mr Godwin Emefiele .
Central Bank Governor
You Can Reach me On this Line CENTRAL BANK PLC.

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