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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: Meredith Black <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 12:43:17 +0100
Subject: Get back to us...

*Attn ,*

*We wish to inform you that a power of attorney was forwarded to our office
this morning, by two gentlemen regarding your unclaimed fund of*
*$2.5 Million Dollar. One of them is an American citizen named Mr. Robert
Porter and the other is Mr. Wilhelm Berg a Swedish citizen.*

*The document claims these gentlemen to be your authorized representatives,
and the power of attorney states that you are already deceased. It further
states that your death was due to lung cancer, with your date of death
being March 27th, 2020.*

*They have now submitted a new account to replace the receiving account
that was in the original claim of funds. These funds have remained
unclaimed for quite some time and the need for resolution is pressing.*

*Below is the new account they have submitted.*

*Account Name's : Robert Porter /Wilhelm Berg*
*Account: 5007-29 438 66*
*IBAN-nr: SE4150000000050072943866*
*Bic-kod: ESSESESS*
*Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken. (SEB :)*

*In the event that you are in fact still alive, we ask that you confirm
your existence by responding to this email. You are to view this as a
matter requiring immediate attention and response. We have 48 hr monitoring
of all activities within the Federal Reserve Bank.*

*We have contacted the bank in Sweden asking them to wait for further
directives from the Federal Reserve Bank, prior to authorizing any
withdrawals in any form. Our request is based entirely on our attempt to
verify that you are in fact deceased, before money is wrongly disbursed.*

*Finally, we forewarn you that if we do not hear back from you shortly, we
will have to assume that you are in fact deceased and the Federal Reserve
bank will proceed with releasing funds to the above newly submitted


*Meredith Black*
* <>*

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