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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: "SUNTRUST BANK US." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2017 00:36:44 -0700

Baltimore Main Office
120 E Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
United States
Tel: 410-986-1540
Dear Friend,
I hope you are doing fine.
I am John Douglas,I work with the Suntrust Bank  Baltimore Main Office
.United States.
I am the  Senior Accountant/General Auditor here in our Bank.
I wish to place your name as the beneficiary of US$25,000,000.00
(Twenty Five Million United States Dollars) only due to the death of the depositor who died years ago
along with his family.
I want us to do this deal together and have the funds and share it 40% for you, 50% for me and
10% to reimburse ourselves in case of any expenses we may incur in the process of this transaction.
However I  assure you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect us from any breach of the law.
The funds I am referring to is right here in this bank floating in suspense account, therefore
I solicit that you be in collaboration with me to have this done, it will be transferred into an account
you will provide any where in the world.
Upon the successful transfer of these funds into your account,, we will meet and share our proceeds
according to agreed percentage.
I will need you to provide the following information urgently to enable my attorney
start the processing of  all the relevant legal documents for the fund remittance.
1) Name:
2) Address:
3) Tel:
4) Age:
5) Sex:
6) Occupation Status:
7) Banking information
8) Copy of any of your National Identity
I await your prompt response.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr. John Douglas
Senior Accountant/ General Auditor,
Suntrust Bank, Baltimore Main Office, USA

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