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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: Wendell Pippler <"WWW.">
Reply-To: Wendell Pippler <>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2017 06:11:14 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Bank Of America

Do Not Deny This Because Its Your Opportunity To Regain Your Lost,This Includes Every Foreign Contractors That May Have Not Received Their Contract Sum, And People That Have Had An Unfinished Transaction Or International Businesses That Failed Due To Government Problems etc.We Found Your Names And Emails In Our List And That Is Why We Are Contacting You, This Have Been Agreed Upon And Have Been Signed by government Of United State Of America . So When Ever You Received This Message, Do Get Back To Us Immediately To Have Your Own Compensation Funds Immediately,
Telephone Number..........(202) 830-3310)

From: Online Banking Transfer Reply-To:
Subject: Welcome to Online Banking Transfer Head Office united state of America
Dear:Beneficiary The Online Banking Transfer Head Office united state of America wish to use this medium Resolution towards the US$8,500, 000, 00,which discovered by online banking transfer, while all the investigation, which we did by online banking transfer,through our monitoring network, and we noticed that you has been sending money to scams internet people,all the times, upon all the promises they gave to you, none of them gives you the best service, For more brief and clarification according to below mentioned fund is available in your favor, for your more notification, I am hereby try to gives you the best service of online banking transfer,meanwhile,you need to forward us your full banking details information,where we can able to transferred below mentioned fund into,such as-
Your Bank Name_____
Your Bank Address Account No___
Routing No _____
Your Full Name___
Your Full Address__
Tel No_____
Your Drive ID___
online banking system is the easiest way to transfer money online,try forward us the information as listed,furthermore,you need to send us total sum of USD$300,00,(three hundred United States of America Dollars,to enable us use it obtain Internal Revenue Service (IRS),from United States of America,before you can confirmed below mentioned fund,in case if you did not have an account,we can also issue you a Visa Card,finally,use below receiver name information for the USD$300.00 send the money via any money gram location or western union
Receiver's Name: jude kingsley __________
country___________ BENIN REPUBLIC
Text Q: ...good
Senders name:......?
If we receive the MTCN today,we will transfer your funds($8,500, 000, 00,) and the funds will reflect 3 hours after the transfer.We will reconfirm you all the transfer documents to enable you start making cash withdrawals from your account same day the funds are transferred. get back to us in our

Contact Customer- Care (202) 830-3310)
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your banking needs.
Yours faithfully,
MR. Charls.Jeffery
Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters,Charlotte,N.C. Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. 2011 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved. AR72768DD6A66

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