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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: "Bank of America" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Aug 2018 07:50:41 -0500

Bank of America Financial Center
Metro Center Station 700 13th St NW,
Washington, DC 20005, United Staes
Office of Ms. Christine P. Katziff
Corporate General Auditor (BOA)
Wire Transfer & Audit Department

Attention: Sir,

I am Ms. Christine P. Katziff, Corporate General Auditor, Bank of America.
Be informed of the arrival and availability of your long awaiting
inheritance fund Part Payment value, ($7, 000,000.00) only as received.
This occurred on the march 21st 2018, through great effort by the USA
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). But our Bank Board of
Directors, refused to get you informed for reasons best known to them,
which I believe, must be selfish interest.

I made my research in our Bank database and confirmed I can wire the fund
to your choice of Bank account and have the wire tracer wiped out from the
system, where the fund wire transfer cannot be traced to your Bank account
by any Financial Authority.

Therefore, I urge you to trust my skill and assure me the absolute
confidentiality of this information, and I will have your fund wired via
the fastest method of wire transfer, (MT202 Cov), If you agree or can
trust my skill on this matter, reconfirm your details as listed bellow,
and I will transfer your fund as you will confirm it in your Bank account
same day.

If you have any doubt or negative thought about this, please, don't bother
to reply this message, I cannot persuade you, I am only here to exercise
my hatred on cheating and cheaters, using my perfect professional skill.

Be assured of a successful completion of this deal upon adhering to my
directives by acting at the right time where necessary.

No INTERFERENCE from the Government or any Financial Authorities, no one
will have the right to intervene on the transaction following my perfect
plans to make it happen.

Reconfirm the following details to enable us commence on the process

Your Full Names:
Your Current Home Address:
Your Direct Cell:
Your Current Occupation:

Bank Names:
Bank Address:
Bank Account No:
Bank Account Names:
Swift No:
Routing No:

Christine P. Katziff
Corporate General Auditor
Bank of America Financial Center

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