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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: US BANK <>
Date: Fri, 7 Jan 2022 06:05:36 +0100
Subject: Did you sign any 'Deed of Assignment?

Dear Sir/Madam,

Good Day Sir, this is to urgently inform you that one Mr. James T.
Kehoe of 1200 Fitch Way, Sacramento, CA. 95864 and his Attorney Carl
S. Goode, Attorney at Law, of Goode Tax and Estate Planning Law Group,
LLC came to our office yesterday to file an application contrary to
your parcel containing an ATM Card in your name.

These above mentioned person and his Attorney visited this office
yesterday with Affidavit of Claim issued by Supreme Court of Louisiana
and a Power of Attorney given in his favor by your good self, granting
him the benefit to process and claim your ATM Card of
$5,000,000.00(Five Million United States Dollars Only)

We asked Mr. James T. Kehoe returned back to our office within 48hours
to enable us to have a personal confirmation from you being the owner
of the ATM Card.

(1.) Did you instruct one Mr. James T. Kehoe of 1200 Fitch Way,
Sacramento, CA. 95864, to claim and receive the ATM Card on your

(2.) Did you sign any 'Deed of Assignment' in his favor thereby making
him the current beneficiary?

If you did not give your consent to Mr. James T.Kehoe as your next of Kin,
kindly reconfirm the below information's and copy any of the documents
issued to you in regards of this your long overdue payment.

(1.) Your Full Name
(2.) Your Residential Address & Nationality
(3.) Your Direct Telephone & Fax Numbers
(4.) Your Occupation
(5.) Copy of your Identification Card ID, Driver License or Passport

You help us to serve you better

Yours in service.

Mr. Richard K Davies
Executive Region Manager
749 Broadway, New York
NY 10413, United States
TELL: +1 917 985 8049

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