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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: Bank of America <test@amazonaws.com>
Date: Tue, 4 Jul 2017 16:55:49 +0100
Subject: Security alert: A suspicious activity on your Account.


Bank of America(R)
 
Online Banking Alert
 
 
 
Dear Valued Member

We noticed invalid login attempts into you account online from an unknown IP address . Due to this, we have temporarily suspended your account.
Due to recent fraudulent activities on some of BankofAmerica online accounts we are launching a new security system to make BankofAmerica online accounts more secure and safe. Before we can activate it we will be checking all BankofAmerica online accounts to confirm the authenticity of the holder. We will require a confirmation that your account has not been stolen or hacked. Your account has not been suspended or frozen. Click Here

Like to get more Alerts? Sign in to your Online Banking account at Bank of America and select Alerts from the Accounts tab.
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To verify that this email is from Bank of America, confirm your last sign-in date is correct. To access Online or Mobile Banking, go directly to bankofamerica.com or use our Mobile Banking App.

Remember: We never ask for private information such as an account number, card PIN, or Social Security or Tax ID number in email messages. If you think an email is suspicious, don't click on any links. Instead, forward it to abuse@bankofamerica.com and delete it.
Email preferences
This is a service email from Bank of America. Please note that you may receive service email in accordance with your Bank of America service agreements, whether or not you elect to receive promotional email.

Contact us about this email
Please do not reply to this email with sensitive information, such as an account number, PIN, password, or Online ID. The security and confidentiality of your personal information is important to us. If you have any questions, please either call the toll-free customer service phone number on your account statement or visit the Bank of America website to access the Contact Us page, so we can properly verify your identity.

Privacy and security
Keeping your financial information secure is one of our most important responsibilities. For an explanation of how we manage customer information, please visit the Bank of America website to read our Privacy Policy. You can also learn how Bank of America keeps your personal information secure and how you can help protect yourself.

Bank of America Email, NC1-028-09-01, 150 N College St., Charlotte, NC 28255

Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender 
2017 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.



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