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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.Lawson Mark" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Lawson Mark" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:01:40 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters

Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters100 N.Tryon St Charlotte,NC 28255Our Ref:BOA/IRU/SFE/15.5/WD/011United States of America
Monday-Friday8 a.m.-9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT)Saturday and Sunday8 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT)

Dear esteemed customer
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 3rd Day of December  2014 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.
Note; This Fund was shifted from West Africa to this Bank through the help of US Ambassador to West Africa Mr. Jeffery Smith,who instructed the (UBA) of Benin Republic 
to transfer your fund out from Africa to our bank here where it will be easy for you toobtain
This is in line with the instructions of the USA Treasurer,Mrs.Rose akim that all unclaimed funds be paid into the United States Government Treasury Account as 
un-serviceable funds in compliance to section 3 subsection 1(a) of the United States Financial Law enacted in 2001 after an attack on our dear country on September 
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 DepartmentAC NO: 68302345093Routing NO:021109593Account 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 
sized 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 DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY SEAL OF TRANSFER (DIST} is $150 and no other fee is involved. You are required to send the fee of $150 by WESTERN UNION or MONEY GRAM to 
the issuing officer at the bank where your transaction originated as stated below:
Receivers Name:MICHAEL UBACountry ...BENIN REPUBLICCity.......COTONOUAMOUNT to send: $150Text Question.. BBAnswer..AASender's name:MTCN or REFERENCE NumberThe name of the city from where the money was sent.............................................
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,
Mr.Lawson Mark(CEO)Bank of America®Email:bankplcfirst_citymonument@yahoo.frCorporate Office Headquarters,Charlotte,N.C.
Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC.© 2011 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.AR72768/DD6A66Please if you like to give me a call, call me with this Number +229 99 480 768

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