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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 Customer Service" <>
Date: Mon, 09 Sep 2019 18:10:03 -0700
Subject: Re:Bank Payment Alert Notification

Total Amount: US$10.3 Million United States Dollars.
To the family of Acclaimed Deceased =

I wish to draw your attention to the above contract claim, which has alrea=
dy been program for immediate transfer through Inter Bank to Bank wire tran=
sfer.Your outstanding payment sum of $10.3 Million dollars, as I speak your=
payment files have being transfer to Bank of America for immediate attenti=
on. In a nutshell, Charles Bloom of Bank of America will assist you, ensure=
that you receive your payment as soon as possible, therefore contacts him =
through the information below: Mr. Charles Bloom City: Chicago Illinois U.S=
.A. Call or Text me: +1(914)801-864 Email:
Meanwhile, a surprising message was address to my office this morning conf=
irmed that you are dead, that you died last week of ghastly motor accident,=
I do not believe the story because an attempt has been made severally to d=
ivert this funds since approval for payment into another account but I alwa=
ys decline to append my signature hence this message to you. However, kindl=
y reconfirm your full names SUCH AS:
Home/ office address and mobile phone number and ID CARD or travel passpor=
t for clarification and verification.However , mistake has been made =

Johnson R William

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