The "Suntrust Bank Nigeria" Advance-fee Scam

The fake "Suntrust Bank Nigeria" email below is a scam. Recipients are asked to delete it and should not follow the instructions in it. The fake email is being sent by scammers who are attempting to trick their potential victims into sending them money or personal information. An advance-fee scam is a form of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum.

The Suntrust Bank Nigeria Advance-fee Scam

A "Suntrust Bank Nigeria" Advance-Fee Scam

From: Mr. Ayo Babatunde <>

Sent: Friday, March 8, 2019 6:13 AM



1 Oladele Olashore Street, off Sanusi Fafunwa

Street, Victoria Island 101241, Lagos.

Telephone: +234 802 681 2358

Telephone: +234 818 110 5473

Welcome to SunTrust Bank Operation Unit

Dear Our Valued Customer,


Thank you for contacting SunTrust Bank International Plc the foreign operation department, Sir the receipt of your mail was confirmed with your request information for the immediate transfer of your fund, However, we are pleased to inform you that your fund was deposited with our bank herein your name by the Nigerian Ministry of Finance in conjunction with the United Nations to transfer to you, also your fund has been legally approved by the Executive members of International Monitory Fund (IMF), and Bank of Africa Organization with other appropriate offices for the immediate transfer of your over due Inheritance fund to your nominated bank account, Also we are given you 100% assurance that this fund is real and legal and be informed that we are prepared to give you the best of services in this Honorable Bank with a guarantee that your Approved Fund will be wire to your bank account within 4 bank working days as soon as you complete all the transferring procedures because your payment file has been finally signed and approved which has also been submitted to this honorable bank for final transfer.

Sir, we just want to prove our credibility and sincerity to you and clear your mind out of doubt to enable you actualize your fund through Bank wire transfer without having any problem because this is a great gift and opportunity, so we advise you to abide and comply with our instructions to enable you receive your fund, Also the good news about your fund transfer is that The President of Nigeria( Mr. Muhammadu Buhari) has finally signed your fund release papers with our bank for a successfully transfer.

However, you would be required to fill complete the transfer form and provide to us all the necessary information stipulated on the form below and return back to us immediately to enable us proceed with the transfer of your Inheritance fund into your bank account without any delay

Your Full Name:

Your Contact Address:

Your Phone Number:

Your Age/Occupation:

Next of Kin Name & Address:


Scan copy of your Identification:

Bank Name:

Account Holders Name:

Bank Address:

Account Holders Name:

Bank Account Number:

Routine Number:

Swift Code:

Bank Phone Number:

We are waiting your immediate response with your information to enable this bank proceeds with the transfer of your fund and serve you better,also fine attached scan copy of my bank Identity card for prove. For quick response call: +234 802 681 2358 or email: .

Thank you for Choosing SunTrust Bank Plc.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Ayo Babatunde

Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer

SunTrust Bank Nigeria Limited.

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December 5, 2019 at 10:16 PM by
The "Suntrust Bank Nigeria" Advance-fee Scam

Here is another scam

- Forwarded message -

From: SunTrust Banks, Inc. <>

Date: Fri, 6 Dec 2019 at 4:08 am

Subject: SunTrust Banks, Inc.

SunTrust Banks, Inc.

SunTrust Plaza

Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.


recorded for quality monitoring,

pls keep your SSN/DOB handy

before placing a call )

Good day,

After the just concluded closed meeting with some African Presidents and US President, Mr. Donald Trump to find a lasting solution to end Internet Scam. The

US president agreed with Ghana, Benin Republic and Nigerian President to return all money extorted from US, Asian, European citizens to them. The aforementioned African nation Presidents stated that it will be impossible to know the actual amount stolen from the victims but collectively agreed to return the total sum of USD4.9 Billion to U.S government to find a way to dispose it to those scam victims.

The sum of USD2.7 Billion was deducted from the USD4.9 Billion and have been forwarded to US treasury department while the remaining USD2.2 Billion was given to other affected continents to enable them share to various Scam victim complainers.

At this point, SunTrust Banks, Inc/, Inc/Apple Inc and FBI were mandate to figure out how these funds can be shared among scam victims. According to FBI, they said a total number of 12,000.00 complainants with evidence are on their list and we agreed to pay these 12,000.00 complainants with evidence of

extortion first, the sum of USD$350,000.00 each while awaiting more victims that might come up later. Your names appears on that list complied by FBI so you are among those receiving this compensation funds.

SunTrust Banks, Inc/, Inc/Apple Inc and FBI finally agreed to upload these funds into their system and release it to beneficiaries through SunTrust bank online system. This procedure was generally favored to avoid multiple claims or payments to beneficiaries.

In other for you to receive your own USD$350,000.00 compensation funds, you are to purchase either iTunes Gift Cards or Amazon E-Gift Cards valued USD100.00 and above from any of their outlet around you and send the number for activation of your payment. Once you purchase any of these card and send the number, within 48hours of sending it, your payment will be activated and you can visit any SunTrust Banks, Inc with the number on that cards and receive your payment without any delay. Note; You do not need to own an account or open any account with SunTrust Banks, Inc rather with the same number you send for activation of payment, your funds will be released to you.

Do not miss this great opportunity to receive your funds because it might not occur again.

We await your urgent response with the card number.

Yours sincerely,

William H. Rogers, Jr.

Chairman, President and CEO



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The "Suntrust Bank Nigeria" Advance-fee Scam