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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. Brian Moynihan (CEO)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2019 18:53:59 +0800
Subject: Dear Esteemed Customer!

Bank Of America Headquarters Location:
Bank of America Corporate Center 100 North Tryon Street
Charlotte,North Carolina, U.S.Chairman & CEO: Brian T.
Moynihan.Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
(EDT)Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)
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, 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 United
Nations {UN} due to your inability to complete the transaction and
your failure to meet up with a minor payment obligation.
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. If you did not fulfill the obligation your fund will be
transfer into USA Treasurer Government account without any delay.
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 PERMIT SEAL OF TRANSFER(FPST)
to complete the wire transfer. The fee to obtain the SEAL was reduced
>From $1,570(One thousand five hundred and seventy dollars) to $870 and
no other fee is involved.
You are required to get back to us so that we will give you
information to send the needed money to the attorney in charge to
secure the FUND PERMIT SEAL OF TRANSFER(FPST) in  USA as listed below:
If we receive the MTCN today, we will transfer your funds
$10.500,000.00) 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 wait.
Please don't put any blame on us we will go ahead transfer your funds
to government account if you did not fulfill the obligation.
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to serve your banking needs.
Yours Truly In Service,
Mr. Brian Moynihan (CEO)
Chairman & CEO: Brian T. Moynihan.
Bank of America®Corporate Office Headquarters, Charlotte, N.C.Bank of
America, N.A. Member FDIC.
?2019 Bank of America Corporation. All rights reserved.

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