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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:

Date: Sun, 8 May 2022 05:11:49 -0700
Subject: HELLO

Dear Respected Customer,

My Name Is Mr. Paul Mello, And I Am Reaching Out To You Regarding A
Recent Consolidation Of Your Bank Funds. Your Compensation Files From Four
Banks Were Compiled Earlier This Month And Submitted To Me For Review, Your
Accrued A Trust Sum Of $15,500,000.00 Usd.

We Attempted To Contact You Multiple Times, And Hope This Gets To You.
Because You Had Not Claimed Your Trust Before The International Fund
Transfer Changes In 2018, 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
$15,500,000.00 Trust.

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 Federal Reserve Bank,
Which Has Your Registered Consolidated Account. You Are Approaching A Three
Year Non-Response, And Your Fund Will Be Released Back To The Four Banks If
You Do Not Contact Our Office Within The Next Four Weeks.

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*
Email 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 Usd. We Can Also Write You A Draft Check, Which
Can Be Deposited In Any Bank.

I Anticipate Your Timely Response Before The Account Deactivates.

Note: According To Our Agreement With The Assigned Legal Solicitor From The
Imf And Un, All Our Communications Should Be On E-Mail, only For Record

Thank You,

Sir. Paul Mello,
President And Chief Executive Officer.
Federal Reserve Bank .

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