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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: =?utf-8?Q?=E2=80=8B=E2=80=8BVALLEY_BANK-Valley_Natl_Bancorp_=3Cofficial=2Enoreply=40valleylbgroups=2Ecom=3E?= <>
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Date: Sun, 3 Jul 2022 17:30:45 +0200 (CEST)

Valley Bank-(Valley Natl Bancorp)
1455 Valley Road Wayne
NJ 07470
United States.
Founded: United States of America
Hours: Open 24 Hours

Urgent Response:

Your detailed information has been confirmed upon the instructions and approvals given by The International Monetary Fund (I.M.F); The Supreme Court; The Federal Bureau of Investigation (F.B.I), Washington DC, and other relevant agencies regarding the deposited funds and a full payment of your inheritance fund.

Due to the incessant scam activities going on around the globe, The Chief Justice of the United States-(John G. Roberts, Jr.), The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation-(Christopher Asher Wray); The Secretary General of Homeland Security - (Alejandro Mayorkas) and The Washington Army National Guard State Area Commander- (Brigadier General Gordon D. Toney), has instructed our Financial Institution (in a written "Memo") to use high Performance Banking System to set up Personal On-line Banking Account.

The sum of $25,000,000:00 USD (Twenty-Five-Million-Dollars) has been deposited in our bank and we have been instructed to pay you directly via Personal On-line Bank System (Swift Transfer). The Management has resolved to open Personal On-line Banking Account for you with our bank and then give you the on-line access which will enable you to check and make Electronic Wire Transfer out to your personal Bank account in any part of the world of your choice.

This account will be processed in your name as soon as you reply to this important e-mail and all necessary information will be made available for you for record purpose. Your new Personal On-line Account will contain the Initial deposit of $25,000,000:00 USD (Twenty-Five-Million-Dollars) which has been credited to you; which will also serve as your real account balance.

We are giving you the benefit of doubt by opening a Personal On-line Account on your behalf whereby you have the full online access.

Endeavor to convince us that you agree and understand the importance of this e-mail before we proceed further by filling and submitting to us via e-mail all the required information highlighted below for the complete processing of your account:


1)-Full Name: .........................

2)-Residential/Official/Full Contact Address: .................

3)-Direct Telephone Number/ Direct Mobile Cellphone Number: ......................

4)-Date of Birth: ......................

5)-Gender: ......................

6)-Your I.D CARD (or a scan copy of any form of Identification): ......................

P.S:  In all ramification, we have proven overtime that we are professionals in handling international matters like this. Kindly reconfirm your direct mobile cell phone number to enable voice communication. We are looking forward to hearing from you.

Thank you, as we make Valley Bank-(Valley Natl Bancorp) an unbeatable choice for banking.

Yours Sincerely,

Alan D. Eskow
Senior Executive Vice President and C.F.O
Valley Bank USA-(Valley Natl Bancorp)

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