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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. William H. Rogers Jr" <>
Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2021 08:49:51 -0800
Subject: Dear Customer,

1117 48th Ave N,Myrtle Beach, SC 29577, United States, United States

Dear Customer,
After our general meeting this morning with the officials of this
bank, we have resolved that you will receive your $87.7 Million
dollars compensation fund via an online payment system , considering
the total amount in value.
In respect to this message of today, you are therefore advised to
contact the SunTrust Banks, Inc Department payment cash center for
immediate processing and successful remittance of your fund into your
designated bank account within the next 72 hours as soon as you meet
up with their requirements.

According to the statement by the authorities this morning, I was
finally made to understand that base on the financial law stipulated
therein under sub section 4B (act59) on international winning fund
transfer policy, stated that any winning funds all over the world that
the SunTrust Banks, Inc United States is the only Trusted and leading
bank that has every legal right to remit to avoid FBI or US DEPARTMENT
OF TREASURY INTERVENTION as it may interest you to know that AMERICAN
is a world power and has every legal right to stop any funds
transferring from anywhere in the world hence, feel free and follow
the instruction and directives ofSunTrust Banks, Inc United States
Department Online Banking payment center U.S. for immediately opening
your online account and sending you the login details to complete the
transfer into your personal country bank account.

Manager: Mr. William H. Rogers Jr
Thanks for Banking with Us,
Reply back through our custom care email:( )

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