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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: Sat, 6 Nov 2021 14:15:42 +0100
Subject: Your pay through an ATM debit card or wire transfer.

Your attention,

We have been directed to pay your money through an ATM debit card or
wire transfer on your behalf as your payment held by Central Bank of
Nigeria, because it will be the easiest way to pay your funds, to
enable you not to pay much taxes to your Government, as we will issue
the ATM card in your name, as soon as you receive the card we would
send your pin Number to access the card.

The amount on the card will contain $10 million dollars which will not
be on the card until the card is being delivered to you for security
reasons. The maximum cash withdrawal daily is $9,500.00. POS and Web
transactions daily limit of $2,000.000.00.

The card will be sent to your doorstep. You’re required to forward us
your home address and your phone number.

You will be required to pay for the processing fee and the delivering
of the card.


Ericka Martin
Operations Manager
Bank of America
100 N.Tryon St
Charlotte,NC 28255

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