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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: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 23:22:20 -0700

Welcome To Washington Trust Bank USA.
Address: 717 W Sprague Ave, Spokane Washington , U.S.
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT)
Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT)

Hello ,

On behalf of the entire staff of the Washington Trust Bank, The
Management of the Washington Trust Bank Office Headquarters here in
Washington, wishes to inform you that after a brief meeting held by
the Co-Chief Operating Officer Of Washington Trust Bank on the 29th of
this Month, we deem it appropriate to intimate you that your funds
will be transferred into the bank account given by the Government Of
United Arab Emirates as the Country Originator of this Fund if you
failed to send the required fee, According to the record we got from
our payment Office due to your inability to complete the transaction
and your failure to meet up with a payment obligation.

The actual transfer of your funds US$15.5 Million to the bank account
given by the Government Of United Arab Emirates as the Country
Originator of this Fund comes up in the next 3 days. The Government Of
United Arab Emirates as the Country Originator has agreed to pay any
fees regarding this transaction because the funds in question are all
your funds that came from UNITED NATIONS which were seized by the USA
Government which was a total of $15.5 Million Us Dollars.

The United States Insurance Policy fee is mandatory for any transfer
of funds here in the USA involving amounts above $1,000,000.00 (One
million USD): The amount to be transferred into your account is
US$15.5 Million and is far above $1 Million. This is why the $300.00
usd fee is required and the fee can not be deducted from source in
accordance with section 3 subsection 2(a) of the Huge Funds Transfer
Regulation Act HFTRA of 2008 promulgated by law after the terrorist
attack on our dear country.

Meanwhile, note that this is the only fees that you will bear the cost
and your approval funds sum of US$15.5 Million (Fifteen Million Five
hundred thousand Dollars) will be transfer to you without any delays,
and we are doing Auditing for the year 2021/2022, so we want your funds
US$15.5 Million to be transferred into your nominated bank account the
same day we receive this fees from you or we contact to pay the fee
and receive the funds.

We are doing banking Auditing for the year 2021/2022, so we advise you to
treat as matter of urgency and try as much as possible you can to
raise and come up with the fees of $300.00 usd dollars for (Fund
Legality Certificate and Bulk Money Transfer Permit Certificate) and
send it to Bank of America Accountant Officer /Cashier Office within
72 hours you receive this email,so that we can transfer your Funds
into your bank account before closing for the day, We are doing
banking Auditing for the year 2021/2022 and all unclaimed fund will be
cancel and send back to Government OF United Arab Emirates Account .

Note that if you still wish to receive your funds do get back to us
immediately so that we will remove your funds transfer from the list
of those transactions to be transferred to the Government Account.

Also be informed that we need only a Fund Legality Certificate and
Bulk Money Transfer Permit Certificate to complete the wire transfer.
The fee to obtain the Fund Legality Certificate and Bulk Money
Transfer Permit Certificate was reduced so You are required to send
the fee of $300.00 usd by Ria money transfer only to Washington Trust
Bank Accountant Officer/Cashier Office :

We will transfer your funds US$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five
hundred thousand Dollars) before we close the office and the funds
will reflect 3 hours after the transfer.

We will send you all the transfer documents to enable you to start
making cash withdrawals from your account the same day the funds are
transferred. We have waited for so long and we cannot continue to
wait, If we do not hear from you within the next 72 hours from today.

We are sorry for any inconvenience the delay in transferring of your
fund must have caused you.

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We need your urgent reply and congratulations,

Best Regards.
Mr. Peter F. Stanton
Chairman and CEO of Washington Trust Bank

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