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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, 18 Dec 2021 10:41:51 -0800
Subject: Attention Dear Lottery Winner

Dear esteemed customer,

The Management of the Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters
here In 100 N.Tryon St Charlotte, NC 28255 wishes to inform you that
after a Brief meeting held by the Bank executives on the 25th Day of
September, 2021 at Precisely 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), we
deem it appropriate to Intimate you that your funds will be
transferred into the United States Treasury Account with the JP Morgan
Chase Headquarters at 270 Park Avenue In New York according to the
record we got from Africa due to your Inability to complete the
transaction and your failure to meet up with a Minor payment
obligation. The actual transfer of your funds ($15,500,000.00) Into
the government account comes up next week.

I want you to realized that my continues of this email remainder is
because i knew the value of this ATM Visa Card which you were about to
receive and this fund will help you and your entire family We are not
playing over this payment,

I know my reason for the continuously sending of this notification to
you, the fact is that you can't seem to trust any one again over this
payment for what you have been in cantered in many months ago but i
want you to trust me, i cannot scam you for $50 it's for bank
processing of your ATM payment, this fee of $50 is clearly written to
you before, i did not invent the bill to defraud you of $50 it is an
official bank payment processing fee and the good part of this, is
that you will never, ever be disturbed again over any kind of payment.

This is final and the forms from there become effective once we submit
your payment application processing fee and pay the form fee of $50, i
don't want you to lose this fund simply because of this bank
processing fee.

The Bank of America is seen and very determined to pay your overdue
debts, this is not a fluke, i would not want you to lose this fund out
of ignorance,i will send you all the documents as soon as bank payment
processing fee is paid, you have to trust me, you will get your fund,
find a way to get this $50 you will not lose it, instead it will bring
your financial breakthrough,

The reason why I am sending you this is because I want you to receive
your ($15,500,000.00) immediately the bank processing fee is paid.

Urgent and get back to us with the $50 BY Steem Wallet card Or Google
play Card Or iTunes Card because we have waited for so long and we
cannot Continue to wait.

If we receive the Payment today, we will transfer your funds
($15,500,000.00) Before we close the office and the funds will reflect
3hours after the Transfer. We will send you all the transfer documents
to enable you start Making cash withdrawals from your account the same
day the funds are Transferred. Urgent and get back to us with the $50
because we have waited for so long and we cannot Continue to wait.

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your banking needs..

Yours faithfully,
MR. Brian Moynihan (CEO)
Bank of America®
Corporate Office Headquarters, Charlotte, N.C.
Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC.
© 2011 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.

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