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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," <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2022 01:50:35 +0100
Subject: CC


ETC of LT & HT works in Industrial, Commercial, Residential,
Investment | Sub Station Works | Transmission & Distribution Line
PAYROLL Organisation | No 52, Office Complex. Green Avenue, Manhattan.
fax/ +1(619)765-4392

Greetings from Office of the Minister of Finance Mrs. JANET YELLEN,
I am communicating to you base on the report I receive regarding an
unpaid ECOWAS Re-fund Approved Compensation Payment of $ 8,700,000.00
USD on your behalf.
your files are on our desk to pay you a total sum of Eight Million
Seven Hundred Thousand US dollars ($ 8,700,000.00 USD) as your ECOWAS
refund compensation payment.
We are having a disagreement with a lady by name Ms. Brenda A.
Thomas, from the United States of America, who contacted my office a
few days ago,
claiming to be your representative, she clearly informed my office
that you instructed her to receive your Unpaid ECOWAS Re-fund
Compensation $ 8,700,000.00 USD, on your behalf.
Is what she said true? I really need your urgent email to know if it is
true that she is your representative so I will start the process of the fund.
She even provided the account details below:
Account Name: MS. Brenda A. Thomas
Citibank Ban AmEx USA
2029 Century Park East Los Angeles, CA 90067
Routing Number: 126233645
Account Number: 5944130210

We request your confirmation before we can process this transfer to
Ms. Brenda A. Thomas's Bank Account.
You are advise to reconfirm your address immediately after receiving
this message that you are the person who instructed Ms. Brenda A. Thomas,
from the United States, to contact my office to claim your unpaid
ECOWAS Refund Compensation Payment.
I await your urgent response.
CALL +1(619)765-4392


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