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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: MR REX M FOX <>
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 06:06:39 -0800
Subject: Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters

*Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters*

*100 N.Tryon St** Charlotte,NC 28255*

*Our Ref:BOA/IRU/SFE/15.3/WD/2014*

*Bank of America United States of America*

*The Management of the Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters here
in 100 N.Tryon St Charlotte,NC 28255 wishes to inform you that after a
brief meeting held by the Bank executives on, the 20th Day of January 2013
at precisely 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT), we deem it appropriate to
intimate you that your funds will be transferred into the United States
Treasury Account with the JP Morgan Chase Headquarters at 270 Park Avenue
in New York according to the record we got from Africa due to your
inability to complete the transaction and your failure to meet up with a
minor payment obligation. The actual transfer of your funds
($15,500,000.00) into the government account comes up next week.*

*This is in line with the instructions of the USA Treasurer, Mrs.Rosa
Gumataotao Rios that all unclaimed funds be paid into the United States
Government Treasury Account as unserviceable funds in compliance to section
3 subsections 1(a) of the United States Financial Law enacted in 2001 after
an attack on our dear country on September 11, 2001. Find below the profile
of the banking institution where your funds will be transferred into
following the government directive:,*

*Name of Bank: JP Morgan Chase Headquarters at 270 Park Avenue in New York.*

*JP Morgan Chase Official Bankers for the United States Treasury Department*

*AC NO: 68302345093*

*Routing NO:021109593*

*Account Name: United States Treasury Department,USA*

*Note that if you still wish to receive your funds do get back to us
immediately so that we will remove your funds transfer from the list of
those transactions to be seized by the United States Government. Also be
informed that we need only a DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY SEAL OF TRANSFER (DIST) to
complete the wire transfer. The fee to obtain the SEAL was reduced from$600
to $65 and no other fee is involved. You are required to send the fee of
$65 by WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM Money Transfer to the issuing officer at
the bank where your transaction originated as stated below:*


*Receivers Name:.. Peter Ekwenye*

*Country ...Benin Republic*

*City ....Cotonou*

*Test Question.... Best*

*Answer ...God*

*AMOUNT to send:... $65*

*Sender's name:.......*

*MTCN or REFERENCE Number.......*

*Office in Benin Republic*

*Contact Person/ MR REX M FOX*

*If we receive the MTCN today, we will transfer your funds ($15,500,000.00)
before we close office and the funds will reflect 3 hours after the
transfer. We will send you all the transfer documents to enable you start
making cash withdrawals from your account same day the funds are
transferred. We have waited for so long and we cannot continue to wait.*

*Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your banking needs.*

*Yours faithfully,*


*Bank of America® ( <>)*

*Corporate Office Headquarters,Charlotte,N.C.*

*Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC.*

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