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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: " Brian Moynihan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 5 Aug 2017 21:22:58 +0100
Subject: Did You Authorize Ms.Latasha.A.Monroe To Claim Your Funds??

Bank of America
150 Broadway Ave
New York, NY 10038 Usa.
Telegraphic Wire Transfer Payment from Bank of America United States.
This is an official notice from the Bank of America in regards to the transfer of your inheritance/ lottery funds worth $10.5 million united states dollars. Meanwhile we are very sorry for the delay in this transaction which was as a result of the letter we received from one Ms.Latasha.A.Monroe We wish to notify you that a Woman named Ms.Latasha.A.Monroe sent a letter to our Bank here in the United States claiming that you are dead and She stated that before you died, you informed her about your funds worth $10.5 million which is in our bank here in the United States.
Note that Ms.Latasha.A.Monroe also sent a copy of your death certificate to us, to prove to us that you are dead as She claimed, but we did not believe her because we know that there are so many scam activities going on here in the united states.
As a matter of fact, She also gave us every reason to believe that you are dead, and she is ready to take care of what ever it will cost to get your funds transferred into her own account,we decided to contact you first to be sure that you are dead as She claimed before releasing your funds worth $10.5 million to her.
So are you dead or are you still alive? Be informed that we are going to release the funds to Ms.Latasha.A.Monroe if you do not respond back to us within the next 2 working days.
Please , kindly fill all the information below to enable us transfer your funds to your account before Ms.Latasha.A.Monroe will claim your funds.
Full Name:
Bank Name:
Account No.:
Routing No.:
Swift Code:
Account Name:
However, we shall proceed to issue all payments details to the said Ms.Latasha.A.Monroe if we do not hear from you within the next two working days from today.
I will be waiting for your urgent response.
Sincerely yours,
Mr. Brian t. Moynihan
Manager Bank of America

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