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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: "James Campbell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jan 2016 04:18:37 -0800
Subject: Transfer Release Update.

Bank of America Corporate Center
921 Herrin Illinois, 4802 U.S.A
RE/NO: 002-Rbs/0049/2015
Founded: 1928

Transfer Release Update.
Dear Esteemed Customer,
The Management of the Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters here in Illinois U.S.A wishes to inform you that after a brief meeting held by the Bank executives on the 5th Day of June ,2015 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 US$10,500,000.00 ((Ten Million Five hundred thousand Dollars) into the government account comes up next 2 days.
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 Proof of Ownership Certificate & Bank of America Clearance Certificate to complete the wire transfer

The fee to obtain the Certificates was reduced from $580 to $155 and no other fee is involved. You are required to send the fee of $155 by WESTERN UNION to the BOA Accountant officer at the bank where your transaction originated as, have the payment information to you below:

Receiver Name: …….. Paul B. Burress
Address…………… Illinois USA.
Text Question…………..When
Sender Name……………
Sender Address…………..
Amount……………$155 Only

If he receive the MTCN today through Mr. Williams Gills through to his e-mail address:
He will transfer your funds US$10,500,000.00 (Ten Million Five hundred thousand Dollars) 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

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your banking needs.
We wait to hear from you immediately.
Yours Sincerely,
Mr. James Campbell
Foreign Operation Department
Bank of America USA

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