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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 <>

From the Desk Of Mrs. Deborah Hayes
Federal Reserve Bank / Headquarter:New York, NY, United States of America:
Founded: 1914, New York City, New York, United States:
ADDRESS: 33 Liberty St New York, 10045-0001:
Attention Dear Sole Beneficiary.

This is two times we have sent you this email notification regarding the
final release order of your approval payment files from (4) different
banks, Your payment files from (4) different banks, Nat West Bank of
London, BANK OF AMERICA, UBA BANK 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 sum up to the tune of
$80,000,000.00 (Eighty million United State Dollars)

Now the fund has been totally lodged in one particular Escrow account (non
deductible) here in FEDERAL RESERVE BANK New York City in your name, while
waiting for accreditation to your personal bank account in any part of the
world for the quick transfer.

Meanwhile, after due scrutiny and verification, I confirmed that you have
fulfilled all the necessary obligations that will enable the release of
your payment US$80,000,000.00 (Eighty million 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.

Secondly,the only money you have to pay for the transfer to take place is
just $325 being the approval payment certification fee for the government
of USA, and you are giving a limited time to send the payment and please be
advise that you are to send the payment to get this needed document and
from your fund countries of origins

As soon as the Payment information is received, your funds will be wired to
your bank account directly from Federal Reserve Bank New York USA. We
shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mrs.Annette, if we
do not hear from you within the next two working days from today. Even if
you don’t have the $325 try to borrow it and send it immediately today or
tomorrow because this is your life opportunity and I don’t want you to lose
the chance any more.

You can buy iTunes card OR Razor gift card and send the clear pictures here
so that we direct it to the right office to obtain the document needed as
mentioned above just for your own good.

Reconfirm to us your full details, vald ID, Bank details, Address, cell
phone numbers +22958269779 , occupation insurance agent once you send the
details, and the payment your transaction will be completed..

Note: If you would prefer to receive your funds in the form of an ATM CARD,
Then we could load your funds into an ATM CARD and ship your Card to your
address which will permit you to withdraw US$25,000 USD three times daily.

You alerted the urgent reply. Get back to us now.

Yours in Service,
Secretary Mrs. Deborah Hayes.
Patrick T. Harker
Federal Reserve Board New York

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