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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: "Foreign Remittance (Bank Of America)" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 12:16:39 +0100
Subject: Pending Transfer/ Pickup your und within the next 10mins.

*Kindly Attention.*
* *
*This is to acknowledge the receipt of your mail and I want you to know
that we shall do all within our best to ensure that your fund is sent to
you. As a matter of fact, this organisation will not entertain any further
dealings to avoid duplication of effort on your payment process.*
* *
*Be rest assured that your funds will be credited to your position we have
contacted the paying bank BANK OF AMERICA and they have placed your fund
in the macro system of the bank through its international remittance
department for final crediting to your position. So, we advice that you
re-confirm your payment details and detail us how you wish to reach your
fund as we shall not be held responsible for any misdirection of your
transfer. Below is the contact details of bank of america.*
* *
*Foreign Remittance Bank Of America*
*4201 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, DC 20008-1158*
*Telephone/Fax: +1 (206)-888-0309*
* +1 (206)-350-9586*
*In other to avert any form of difficulties or problem with your
transaction, you need to register your case with $38 first so that the
entire approval document can be achieved then the fund will reach you.*
* *
*Please send the fee direct to the solicitor by western union or money
gram, with the below details:*
* *
*Senders name:......................*
*Receivers name: Ifeanyi Chukwu John*
*Country to send it : BENIN Republic.*
*Question: How Long?*
*Answe: 10mins.*
*Amount: $38*
* *
* Once you send it do forward the MTCN . and also confirm the above
information to me and the bank of america , this I will follow up this
transfer as I promise you and the fund will reach you next 10mins.*
*Waiting to hear from you soon.*
* *
* *
*Thank you and best regard,*
*Dr. Eric Lee*
*Bank of America International Payment Department *

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