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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: Mr Jerome H Powell <>
Date: Sun, 16 Jan 2022 18:22:15 -0800
Subject: Federal Reserve Bank

Subject: Federal Reserve Bank
8 a.m.-9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT)

My name is Mr Jerome H Powell, and I am reaching out to you regarding
a recent consolidation of your Bank funds. Your compensation files
from four world Banks were compiled earlier last Month and submitted
to me for review, you were accrued a trust sum of $60,000,000.00
Million United States Dollars.

We attempted to contact you multiple times, and hope this gets to you.
Because you had not claimed your compensation fund before the
International Fund Transfer changes in end of 2020, your account was
compiled and locked as a Non-deductible Escrow account at the Federal
Reserve Bank. This account is in your name and requires accreditation
before we can release the $60,000,000.00 Million United States

In order to speed up the process, I have conducted a thorough
verification process To Confirm That You Are The Individual Attached
To This Account. I Have Also Confirmed That You Have Fulfilled All The
Necessary Obligations And Have A Proper Credit Rating To Enable The
Release Of Your Payment Into A Personal Account Of Your Choice.

The Trust fund has been authorized for release by the World Bank and
our Bank ( Federal Reserve Bank ) has been given the veto link over
your trust fund disbursment, which has your registered consolidated
account. you are approaching A Six-Months Non-Response, And Your Fund
Will be released back to the Four Banks if You do not contact our
office within The next 72 Hours.

The Federal Reserve Bank utilizes a secured macro transfer system, and
your Funds can be Transferred In 2-5 Days If You Reply To This
Authorized Email With the following information. The more information
you provide, the quicker the approval process will be completed.

*First name:
*Last name:
*Residential address:
*Phone Number:
*Marital Status:

If you prefer to receive your Funds on a Pre-Loaded Visa card, we
could ship your card to your address. Please Note that cards have a
daily withdrawal limit of $10,000 dollars. We can also write you a
Draft Check, which can be deposited in any Bank. I Anticipate your
timely response before the account deactivates.
Thank you,

NOTE: That all communications concerning this your trust fund should
be on Email and SMS only for record keeping purpose, in case of any
future reference after the transfer is completed.

Yours sincerely,
Mr Jerome H Powell,
President and Chief Officer of Federal Reserve Bank

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