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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: "Ms.Mary Johnson " <>
Date: Sun, 5 Mar 2023 09:02:43 -0500

Your payment files from three and Bank of America was compiled and
submitted to my desk this morning for review. The total sum owed to
you by the banks mentioned above was sum up to the tune of
US$15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States

Now the fund has been totally lodged in one particular Escrow account
(non deductible) here in the Royal Trust Bank on your name, while
waiting for accreditation to your personal bank account in any part of
the world.

Meanwhile, after due scrutiny and verification, I confirmed that you
have fulfilled all the necessary obligations that will enable the
release of your payment to you, but yet your payment was not released
to you due to one flimsy excuses or the other from the Bank officials
in charge of your payment, because they had the intention of diverting
your funds to their private accounts in order to satisfy their selfish

You are however lucky that we the management of the Royal Trust Bank
detected their evil plans and therefore call for the submission of
your payment file to us so we can personally handle the payment
assignment to ensure that you receive your funds accordingly.

Now, all modalities regarding your fund release has been put in place
here in the Royal Trust Bank of America, thus, your funds has been
made ready for transfer in our sophisticated macro transfer system,
what we need from you now is to provide to us the bank account of your
choice which you want us to transfer your funds so we can expedite
action for the accreditation of your funds into your account

Below are the information needed for now for your transfer.

1. Personal Details:

Full Name:
Current Address:
Direct Mobile Number:
or whatsapp number
Date of birth
Marital Status
Account Type
Login ATM Card
Transfer Pin
Passport Copy, ID card or DL:

Contact the CEO OF THE Royal Trust Bank text or call
phone number+1 (260)868-7797
Chief Executive Officer
Mr Paul Nelson

2. Banking Details:
Bank Name:
Bank Address:
Account Name
Account Number:
Routing Number:
Swift Code:
Contact the
Note: We are going to open Online account here in our Royal Trust Bank
and you will can transfer the money into your personal account.

In anticipating for your urgent cooperation
Royal Trust Bank Assistant
Ms. Mary Johnson
WhatsApp number

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