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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: "J.P.Morgan Chase Bank Unit" <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:48:16 -0700
Subject: Your Fund $10.5 Millions Transfer Payment Update!!!

JP Morgan ChaseTower, 270 Park Avenue, Madison 10017 New York
Date: 15th of June, 2022

Dear Beneficiary,

This is Mr. Douglas B. Petno of JPMorgan Chase & Co. New York, U.S.A.,
We have been directed by the World Bank in conjunction with United
Nations to settle all Outstanding Payments accrued to Individuals or
Corporations with respect to local and overseas contract payment and
scam victims with the sum of $10,500,000.00 (Ten Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars). International Monitory Fund (IMF)
placed an immediate ordered for the Transaction of your fund to be
completed by our bank. However, I want to acknowledged that all the
necessary Document, Clearance Certificate's fee had been cleared by
the United Nations headquarter, so right now you are 100% free to
secured and safe to claimed your fund without certificate payment A
resolution has been made that the listed individuals are to choose an
option in which they wish to receive their funds, the options are as
follows, (1) Physical Diplomatic Cashier Check, (2) ATM Debit Card,
(3) Bank to Bank Telex Wire Transfer, We are waiting your immediate
response with your information to enable this bank proceeds
immediately with the transfer of your fund into your bank account or
issue an ATM Visa Debit Card. Get back to us with the information
requested below;

Full Name....................
Home Address.................
Your Country/States/City........
Any Of Your Identity Card........
Valid Phone number............
WhatsApp Number...........

Meanwhile, I want you not send money upfront fee to anyone from Europe
or African again for what so ever reason. The US bank will
immediately remit your account once I reconfirm your banking details.
The only thing required from you is to obtain NON RESIDENT CLEARANCE
CERTIFICATE which will cost you $75.00 US Dollars only to our bank
online Transfer department activate the transaction mandated
obligation. We wait your urgent reply to enable us get the payment
completed as instructed.

Yours Sincerely

Mr. Douglas B. Petno.
Commercial Banking Operations.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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