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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: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 20:32:37 +0100

Bank Of America.
100 North Tryon Street, Charlotte,
North Carolina, 28202 United States.
Payment Value: $36,500.000.00 USD
Our Ref NO: 002-BOA/0047/2022
Founded: 1928,

Dear Beneficiary,

I am Mrs. Christine P. Katziff, the newly-sworn Chief Audit Executive
of Bank of America. You will get more information about me here:

US/BOA/002/2022, We are delegated from the United Nations Organization
and Bank of America in support of the USA Government to pay 100 419
scam victims $36.5 Million each, you are listed and approved for this
payments as one of the scammed victims, get back to us as soon as
possible for the immediate payments of your $36.5 Million funds. I
Just received a call from our agent that your compensation fund worth
$36.5 Million which I sent to you from Bank of America Payment Office
has been returned back due to wrong address provided by you, I advise
you reconfirm your information to me again. Note that from the record
in my file, your compensation payment is US$36,500,000.00 (Thirty Six
Million Five hundred thousand Dollars). Kindly re-confirm to me the
following information's below:

Your Full Name: ___
Your Full Contact Address: __
Country: _____
Your Mobile Telephone Number: ____
Working Identity /Passport: _____
AGE: _______

Please do provide the above information accurately, because this
office cannot afford to be held liable for any wrong transfer of funds
or liability of funds credited into unknown account. As soon as the
above mentioned details are received, your compensation payment will
be made to you immediately, you are advice to re-confirm to this bank
your receiving Bank Account, Where you want your fund to be remitted.
, Thanks for your cooperation as your quick response to this email
notice with adherence to the above instructions is highly anticipated.

Call me with this number + 1 (202) 239-6198 for more details

Thank you.

Mrs. Christine P. Katziff ,
Chief Audit Executive Officer,
Head, Foreign Operations,
Coordinator, International Debt Settlement Unit.
Bank of America Office®
NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/BULK folder, that is
because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service
Provider, we (Bank of America) urge you to treat it genuinely.

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