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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: David Johnson <>
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2023 11:03:08 -0600
Subject: Contact the Federal Reserve Bank for your wire transfer.


This is to notify you today that your total Compensation funds payment
valued of ($4.5Million USD) has finally been deposited in the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York, United States of America for immediate wire
transfer direct into your Bank account successful in next couple of
hours as per instructions stated on your payment file, I appreciated
all your efforts at that time very much, So feel free and get in-touch
with Director Manager of Federal Reserve Bank Dr. John C. Williams.

Presently i'm in Canada for an investment projects with my own share
of the total sum, Meanwhile i didn't forget your past efforts and
assisted me in transferring those funds that failed us some how, Now
contact the Federal Reserve Bank for your own deposited sum of
$4.5Million USD, which i kept for your compensation for all the
efforts and assist you render to me in this transaction.

Make sure you contact the Federal Reserve Bank Operations Payment
Manager via e-mail address bellow: ( )
the Bank Director Name is Dr. John C. Williams, instruct him where to
wire your total funds payment valued of ($4.5Million USD) and also
make sure you fellow up with his instructions, to enable you receive
your total Compensation funds payment wire transfer into your Bank

Your full Name......................
Your Bank Name.......................
Your Bank Address....................
Your Bank account number.............
Your Bank swift code number...........
Your Mobile Telephone number...........

Best Regards,
Dr. David Johnson

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