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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.Brain Moynihan" <>
Reply-To: "Mr.Brain Moynihan" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2017 01:37:59 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Bank of America

Bank of America Corporate Office
Headquarters 100 N.Tryon St Charlotte,NC 28255
Our Ref:BOA/IRU/SFE/15.5/WD/011
United States of America
8 a.m.-9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT)
Saturday and Sunday
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT)
Customer service: (+1 646 741 9313 )

Dear esteemed customer,

The Management of the Bank of America Corporate Office Headquarters here in
100 N.Tryon St Charlotte, NC 28255 wishes to inform you that after a brief
meeting held by the Bank executives yesterday, the 20TH DAY of November,2017 at
precisely 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time(EDT), we deem it appropriate to intimate
you that your funds will be transferred into the United States Treasury Account
with the JP Morgan Chase Headquarters at 270 Park Avenue in New York according
to the record we got from Africa due to your inability to complete the
transaction and your failure to meet up with a minor payment obligation. The
actual transfer of your funds($4,500,000.00) into the government account comes
up next week.

This is in line with the instructions of the USA Treasurer, Mrs. Rosa
Gumataotao Rios that all unclaimed funds be paid into the United States
Government Treasury Account as unserviceable funds in compliance to section 3
subsection 1(a) of the United States Financial Law enacted in 2001 after an
attack on our dear country on
September 11,2001.

Find below the profile of the banking institution where your funds will be
transferred into following the government directive:, And note to responds to
us with below Email ( of Bank: JP Morgan Chase
Headquarters at 270 Park Avenue in New York. JP
Morgan Chase Official Bankers for the United States Treasury Department
AC NO: 68302345093
Routing NO:021109593

Account Name: United States Treasury Department, USA

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
transfer. The fee to obtain the SEAL was reduced from $600 to $100 and no other
fee is involved. You are required to send the fee of $100 by WESTERN UNION or
MONEY GRAM to the issuing officer at the bank where your transaction originated
as stated below: INFORMATION

Receiver's Name.... KEN UBA
Country ..........BENIN REPUBLIC
City ....................... COTONOU

Sender's Name:-------------


The name of the city from where the money was sent If we receive the
MTCN today, we will transfer your funds ($4,500,000.00) before we
close office and the funds will reflect 3hours 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

Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your banking needs.
Yours faithfully,
Mr.Brain Moynihan(CEO)
Bank of America®
Email (
Tele (+1 646 741 9313 )
Corporate Office Headquarters, Charlotte, N. C.
Bank of America, N.A. Member FDIC.
© 2015 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.

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