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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: Atten <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2022 06:03:11 -0800
Subject: Attention Beneficiary

My name is Mrs Linda Wilson the payment officer bank of America

address.100 North Tryon Street Charlotte, NC 28255 United States.


It got to my attention few hours ago as your funds worth of $5,000,000.00
dollars has been registered with us here in Washington DC on address above
by Mr.President on COVID-19 relief fund which approved by Mr.president,
united nations and supreme court of justice.12/01/2022

You are requested to provide the below details for
immediate claim and delivery of the funds to you.

Provides us with the following details to enable us verify
and deliver the funds to the right destination.
Your full name.:
Your phone number.:
Your current house address.:
A copy of your identity card.......
A copy of your photograph........

Note that your funds delivery registration will be
cancelled after three days of no respond from you.
Your swift response will be highly valued.

you must get back to me with this very code {your name added with
2022} to attend to you immediately.


Phone: +1-2015790934


SWIFT code BOFAUS3N should be used for incoming wires in U.S. dollars.

Bank of America's SWIFT code BOFAUS6S should be used for incoming
wires in foreign currency.

Financial Institution Code 241

Linda Wilson
Payment Officer
Bank Of American

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