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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.Christopher David" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 05:58:05 -0700

Good Day.

My name is Honourable Mr.Raymond Zastrow.the United Bank
Manager/Financial Director to the Government of the U.S.A Federation.I
wishes to inform you that after a long lasted meeting held by the
World Bank,United Nations & I.M.F including all the members states of
the United Nations countries representatives across the globe which
ended seven days,it was reportedly alarmed at the high rate of Scams
and Frauds attacks presently coming around the world and precisely
from West Africa countries to the innocent citizens of the world like
you by making things difficult for you to receive your funds amount of
(Us$5.5 Million United States Dollars),we have confirmed that this
funds is officially assigned & belongs to you and as a result of this
we deem it appropriate to intimate you that the world representatives
have agreed during the meeting that we recall all UNPAID FUNDS from
around the globe especially from Africa & which we have already
finalized the recalling of the funds two days ago and the funds are
presently lodged with our United bank Of America here in U.S.A.The TD
BANK, U.S.A is the bank presently officially assigned & approve to
release your funds to you to ensure that your must receive your funds
this time around without any further scam acts by those fraudsters to
you, we actually presently made this step after the US financial
protection and monitoring unit dictates that innocent citizens like
you had lost alot of money to Fraudsters,criminals and scammers.

As a result of the above mentioned, we make this protective move due
to the inability & failure of those previous scam people you dealing
with to complete the transaction for you.This is also in line with the
instructions of the USA Treasurer,the White House Financial Authority
& the government of the USA in general in compliance to section 3
subsection 1(a) of the United States Financial Law enacted in 2001
after an attack on our dear country on September 11,2001.

This payment program is approve that your total funds amount of
(Us$5.5 Million Dollars) will presently be pay/release to you today
through online bank account system. We have scrutinized and
ascertained approval that our bank,The TD BANK U.S.A will immediately
release the said funds of yours to you by the online banking system
which we deem 100% secure for you to presently receive your funds. We
are here to inform you that we have concluded all necessary
arrangements and your funds payment will immediately be effected
through the approve online bank account opening on your behalf. The
system is for our bank the The TD BANK, U.S.A to set up a
personalized on-line (real time) account for you where your total
FUNDS amount of(Us$5.5 Million Dollars) will be deposited,following
which you can access the funds directly effect transfers by yourself
to any account of your choice to any bank in the world.

Hence you reply to this email and contact with our bank, The TD BANK,
U.S.A , we will issued your online account to you together with the
password through which you can use to access your online account with
us on this our official website: and commence your
funds transfer to you personal bank account & also effect transfers by
yourself to any account of your choice to any bank in the world.

We the,the UNITED BANK, U.S.A already have some of your information
which we have on your payment file with us here.Meanwhile, to ensure
that your information here on file with us is appropriately
correct,you are also required to immediately reply via this below
stated contact information.
Tel.:+1(318) 969 1564

You are to reconfirm / send us your full personal information,
including your phone and I.D, you have to send the stated details to
us the TD BANK, U.S.A for us to reconfirm and ensure that we are
actually dealing with the rightful owner of the funds and for the 100%
security and avoid an eventual paying out of the funds to a wrong
person, we need to urgently hear back from you so we can instantly
process and finalize the setting up of your on-line account.

Please treat this as a matter of urgency .
Sincerely Yours,

HONOURABLE Mr.Christopher David,

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