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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: Federal Reserve System <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 10:41:28 +0100
Subject: Thanks, while shortly waiting to hear from you urgently.

1850 K St NW, Washington, DC 20006, United States ,

Thank you very much for your kind message.

Please note that we will open account in your name as federal reserve bank
system mobile banking app which you will use your mobile telephone or
system to transfer your fund (US$10.500,000,00) from your federal reserve
bank system mobile banking app to any bank of your choice we will also send
you ATM card .Please kindly confirm if this is OK by you so that I will
proceed and registered accordingly.
So, we are rest assured that we have concluded every necessary arrangement
on how to open an account in your name, and credited your account
immediately we opened the account. If only you can heed to our advice, you
will live not to regret it at all.

This is just a piece of advice out of our own will. So, I advise you to do
this great favor to yourself as you will never regret ever doing it. This
is a new banking system .
Please I don’t want you to lose this fund out of ignorance, so be wise
before it will be too late for you. So, you have to be fast about this
payment of yours so that you will have a relaxed mind.
Please I will direct you on my next email on how you will send the account
registration and Opening Balance fee of $99 USD only immediately if you
receive this message with the below. So that we can advise accordingly for
a swift final payment.

Finally, we’re very sorry for the inconvenience this may cause you. Please
accept our candid apology. Which is 100% sure that you will surely receive
your approved funds (US$10,500,000,00) within 6hrs

Thanks, while shortly waiting to hear from you urgently.

Yours Sincerely,
Federal Reserve President
Mr. Jerome Powell ,
Contact my assistant ( )

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