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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: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 07:00:40 +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,

Attn: Beneficiary,

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

This is to inform you about your scammed victim compensation funds
valued $36.5 Million that has been brought here in Bank Of America
North Carolina Office from IMF which is to be transfer into your bank
account with immediate effect, But one Mr. Bob Jackson from Canada
sent an urgent email to my office stating that you are DEAD and you
have giving him Power of Attorney to claim your scammed victim
compensation fund valued $36.5 Million on your behalf, He stated you
died on a car accident yesterday, I urge you to get back to me today
if you are not really dead as he said, He has been calling us
regarding your fund, but we cannot proceed with him until we confirmed
this by not hearing from you within 24 hours. Be advised that we have
made all arrangements for you to receive your compensation funds
valued $36.5 Million without any further delay. You are hereby
informed that the US$36.5 Million funds will be release to you once
you get back to me today,

I wish to inform you now that the square peg is now in square hole and
your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as
you respond to this letter. Note that from the record in my file, your
scammed victim compensation funds is US$36,500,000.00 (Thirty Six
Million Five hundred thousand Dollars). You are advised to kindly
reply this email with the below details enclosed to help us process
your payment,

Your Full Name: _____________
Your Contact House Address: _____
Name of City of Residence: _________
Country: _____________
Direct Telephone Number: ______
Working Identity /Passport: ________
AGE: _______________
OCCUPATION: ___________

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 funds will be
release to you immediately. You are advice to re-confirm to us your
receiving bank account details, where you want your fund to be

We await your swift response and also advise that if our directives
are followed carefully, you should have your fund in your account
within 24 hours and you can also open an account with us to enable
your fund to be credited to your account and the ATM attached to your
account would be sent to you.

Thank you.

Mrs. Christine P. Katziff.
Chief Audit Executive Officer,
Head, Foreign Operations,
Coordinator, International Debt Settlement Unit.
Bank of America®
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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