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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.Brian Moynihan" <>
Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2021 13:32:45 +0100
Subject: Attention

Attention Dear Esteemed Customer,

Your details information has been received and confirmed with what we
have in our database Before we proceed to set up Your Bank of America
Personal Residential Online Account, we want to bring to your notice the
simple procedure to achieve this aim with our bank under my
supervision.First and foremost the origin of funds has previously
advised in my initial e-mail was from the United Nation Organization on
unpaid payments from deposit funds from Africa, Asia and Eastern
Europe.Your name and contact information was retrieved from the short
listed data on the file of the United Nation Organization. If you try to
recollect, you would remember conducted some businesses in either of the
mentioned three tier regions (Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe) and the
purpose of selection was randomly made by the United Nation
Organization. Our bank stands out from all the presently distressed
banks in United State and Northern America to enable the payment of your
overdue transaction that has been pending for the past several years

I want you to clearly understand that, I am here to serve you according
to the instruction from FBI, Homeland Securities of States and United
Nation Organization in particular.Moreover, I am not here to play any
kind of joke with you.The clearances from Federal Reserve Bank and US
Treasury Department to enable your online Transfer go smoothly has been
issue to our Bank.Meanwhile, you have to clearly understand that, before
we can set up a new Bank of America Personal Residential Online Account
for you here in our bank, the activation fee must be paid by you and it
will reflect in our database and your original account which was
instructed from United nation will be activated.You have to send the sum
of US $250 dollars google gift card to activate your Personal
Residential Online Account but if you can't afford to pay the total
amount demanded then you can tell us how much you can afford and this
payment will be credited to your Online account before we can fully
remit the amount value of $4.5 million United States Dollars.

This is why it is important that we first of all receive the Bank of
America Personal Residential Online Account Activation fee in our bank,
which in turn would record and file the payment of US $250 dollars by
Google play card and forward the information to our head quarters here
in USA and it will get to us like $100 single and $50 send it to us.
Then the funds would be received, in turn registered into the system and
once it is sighted, then an instruction would be issued out to that
effect and the documentation would be formally presented to Federal
Reserve Bank just as described in my most recent correspondence with you

Please, if you can not afford to pay this US $250 sephora gift card or
Google play card don’t reply to my e-mail; we don’t have time to beg you
to set up Bank of America Personal Residential Online under our
supervision. once your buy the US $250 usd dollars sephora gift card or
Google play card make sure your send the Copy of the US $250 usd dollars
sephora gift card or Google play card here in Our Mail Address

In conclusion, it's my concern to demand your ultimate honesty and
cooperation to enable us expedite this transaction. I guarantee that
this process would be executed under a legitimate arrangement that would
legally protect you from any breach of Law.

Note: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder, it is
because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service
Provider and ours. We urge you to treat it genuinely. The information
contained in this e-mail is private & confidential and may also be
legally privileged.

Mr.Brian Moynihan
CEO of Bank Of America

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