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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 JANET YELLEN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 10:03:47 -0800

Attention Beneficiary,
Good day to you and Compliment of the season 2022. I am Mrs Janet Yellen, The Executive Secretary of the United States National Treasury. Here is a little about my self and also the reason why I have decided to contact you. I am an American economist serving as the 78th and current United States secretary of the treasury in Joe Biden Administrations and a member of the Democratic Party.
Formerly I served as the 15th chair of the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018, I am the first woman to hold either role. Am also a professor emerita at Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and formerly a distinguished fellow in residence at the Brookings Institution. I am a member of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors from 1994 to 1997 and again from 2010 to 2018, I chaired the Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton from 1997 to 1999 and was the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco from 2004 to 2010. In additiona, I served as vice-chair of the Federal Reserve from 2010 to 2014. In 2014, I was nominated by President Barack Obama to succeed Ben Bernanke as chair of the Federal Reserve which i served one term from 2014 to 2018 and was not re-appointed by President Donald Trump Administration. Kindly visit the website below to view my personal profile.  Website:< /DIV>
United Nations have given me due Instructions, alongside with the World Bank to wire a sum of $10million US Dollars Only into your Bank Account in a legal way, That is why I have contacted you and to let you know that the United States Department of Justice, in The Person of the Attorney General will get some documents for you so that this transaction can be completed without delay.
Below is the Required Documents:
1: United Nations/U.S fund approval Certificate
2: World Bank deposit Certificate
3: Proof of Ownership Certificate from U.S Government.
These three(3) documents are needed before I can proceed with the transfer fund into your bank account: In the meantime, I want you to Re-Confirm the following details to me for your Case File Processing.
Legal First and Last Name:
Complete Residential Address & Age:
Direct Telephone No & Fax:
Legal Occupation, Position and Address of Occupation:
Please get back to me as soon as possible via my Personal Email:
Thanks and God Bless you.
Mrs Janet Yellen.
Executive Secretary United States Treasury Department
Main Treasury1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220.

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