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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:

Date: Mon, 21 Aug 2017 15:54:55 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Bank of America Corporate Office

Co-Chief Operating Officer Of Bank of America
100 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, North Carolina, 28202 U.S.
RE/NO: 002-BOA/0047/2013
Founded: 1928
tele 704 533- 7454
My Dear Good Day

I believed you have received this letter before.

On behalf of the entire staff of the Bank of America, The Management of the
Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters here in Charlotte NC,wishes to
inform you that after a brief meeting held by the Co-Chief Operating Officer Of
Bank of America on the august 9,2017 , we deem it appropriate to intimate you
that your funds will be transferred into Mrs. Annette Cang bank account of
Treasury bank account of the united state of America if you failed to send the
required fee, According to the record we got from our payment Office due to
your inability to complete the transaction and your failure to meet up with a
payment obligation. The actual transfer of your funds US$6.5 Million into Mrs.
Annette Cang account comes up next 3

The United States Insurance Policy fee is mandatory for any transfer of funds
here in the USA involving amounts above $1,000,000.00 (One million USD).The
amount to be transferred into your account is

$6.5 Million and is far above $1 Million. This is why the $185 fee is required
and the fee cannot be deducted from source in accordance

with section 3 subsection 2(a) of the Huge Funds Transfer Regulation Act HFTRA
of 2001 promulgated by law after the terrorist attack on our dear country.

Meanwhile, note that this is the only fees that you will bear the cost and your
approval funds sum of US$6.5 Million (Six Million Five hundred thousand
Dollars) will transfer to you without any delays, and we are doing Auditing for
the year 2017, so we want your funds US$6.5 Million to be transferred into your
nominated bank account the same day we receive this fees from you. We are doing
banking Auditing for the year 2017, so we advise you to treat as matter of
urgency and try as much as possible you can to raise and come up with the fees
of $185 dollars for (Fund Legality Certificate and Bulk Money Transfer Permit
Certificate) and send it to Bank of America Accountant Officer in Benin as the
funds origin/Cashier
Office immediately you receive this email, so that we can transfer your Funds
into your bank account before closing for the day, We are doing banking
Auditing for the year 2017 and all unclaimed fund will be cancel and send back
to Mrs. Annette Cang account as true beneficiary of this funds.

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 Fund Legality Certificate and Bulk Money Transfer Permit Certificate to
complete the wire transfer. The fee to obtain the Fund Legality Certificate and
Bulk Money Transfer Permit Certificate was reduced from $965 to $185 and no
other fee is involved.
You are required to send the fee of $185 by MONEY GRAM to the Bank of America
Accountant Officer/Cashier Office whereyour transaction originated as stated


RECEIVERS NAME: =======(John Egi)
ADDRESS: ==========Cotonou Benin
QUESTION: === =======In God
ANSWER: === ========We Trust
AMOUNT to send: === $185
Sender's name and Full Sender's Address:
MTCN Number.......

If we receive the MTCN today, we will transfer your funds US$6,500,000.00 (Six
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
wait.Meanwhile, a woman came to this bank a few days ago with a letter
claiming to be your true representative and she agreed to pay the charges. Here
is her information below.

Bank of America
2075 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura, CA 93003
Acct. name: Mrs. Annette Cang
Type: Checking
Account# 003767127294
Routing # 063100277

Failing to reply this email and pay the required fee of $185 urgently we shall
proceed to issue all payments details to the said Mrs. Annette Cang if we do
not hear from you within the next 24 hours from today. We are sorry for any
inconvenience the delay in transferring of your fund must
have caused you.

I need your urgent reply and


Chief Risk Officer
Co-chief Operating Officer,
Bank of America Office North Carolina

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