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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 Hayden Powell" <>
Date: Mon, 10 Oct 2022 18:45:59 +0000
Subject: Your response is highly anticipated.

Mr Jerome Hayden Powell
Federal Reserve Bank / Headquarter:New York, 
Founded: 1914, New York City, New York, United States: 
Address: 33 Liberty St New York, NY 10045-0001:
Attention Dear Beneficiary.
This is fifth times we have sent you this email notification
regarding the final release order of your approved files from (4)
different banks, Your payment files from (4) different banks, NatWest
Bank of London, Bank of America, UBA Bank, Cotonou Benin Republic and
Federal Reserve Bank was compiled and submitted to my desk this month
for review. The total sum owed to you by the 4 banks mentioned above
was summed up to the tune of US$6,500,000.00 (Six Million Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars ). Now the fund has been lodged in an
Escrow account ( Non-deductible ) here in Federal Reserve, New York
City in your name, while awaiting for accreditation to your personal
bank account in any part of the world for the unconditional transfer
of your funds.
Meanwhile, after due diligence and verification, I confirmed that
you have fulfilled all the necessary obligations that would enable the
release of your payment US$6,500,000.00 (Six Million Five Hundred
Thousand United State Dollars) to you, but yet your payment was not
released to you due to one flimsy excuses or the other from the Bank
officials in charge of your payment, because they had the intention of
diverting your funds to their private accounts in order to satisfy
their interest. 
As soon as we receive your consent acknowledging this funds, we will
start process to initiate a wire transfer to your designated bank
account directly from Federal Reserve Bank New York USA but without
hearing from you, we shall proceed to issue all payments details to
one Mrs. Annette Stillman who stated that you gave her authorization
to receive your funds on your behalf. If we did not hear from you
within the next two working days from today we will go ahead to
release the funds to Mrs Annette Stillman. 
Your response is highly anticipated.
Mr. Jerome Hayden Powell
Chairman Federal Reserve Board New York
Federal Reserve Bank / Headquarter: New York

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