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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: "Rev.Chris Amah" <>
Date: Sat, 16 Feb 2019 03:07:30 -0400

HOT LINE +234-902-580-1705

Dear Beneficiary

This letter is written to inform you the reason behind your delay payment.
I am Rev.Chris Amah the Director,International Remittance Department
of this Bank,my Formal Boss,Mr.Jacobs M.Ajekigbe,the Managing
Director/CEO of this bank is now on compulsory leave and all power
have been vested on me to make all international payments.Also,due to
reported cases of corrupt practices in other Nigeria Banks including
the Central Bank of Nigeria,the Federal Government has
revoked/canceled all power vested on those banks and has appointed our
bank (First Bank of Nigeria) to make all foreign payments.Be informed
that the Federal Government have approved the release of part-payment
of$7.5M(Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) out of your total
funds,which has been in this bank for many years unclaimed because
Mr.Jacobs Ajekigbe,Collaborated with the Governor of Central
Bank of Nigeria (CBN)and have refused to tell you the truth on how to
claim your fund this is because he has been using the interest
accumulated from your fund every year to enrich himself without your
knowledge,I want to help you pull out this fund to your bank account
using the easiest and the quickest method,which have not been made
known to you before.By this method,you will open a domiciliary
account with this bank (First Bank of Nigeria),Where the fund would be
1st lodged into,before it can directly credit to any bank of your choice.
After the transfer,you will confirm the fund in your bank account
within 5hours the same day.No Cost of Transfer (COT) and no stoppage
from any Government departments as the transfer will be done within
the bank alone and it is very safe.The method which was introduced to
you before is the Telegraphic Transfer (TT) for which confirmation was
48hrs,because of the time factor,petitions could come from various
organizations stopping your payment and asking you to pay huge fee
which would be difficult for you to pay so that they can benefit from
the huge interest your fund generates while still in the Bank.
This method is not safe for you because it is not done within the bank
alone as information of the payment would be sent to the Central
Control Unit (CCU) of the Federal Ministry of Finance and office of
the Accountant General of the Federation.As a good Christian, I have
nothing to gain by keeping your fund,I want to assist you receive
your fund Before it accumulate Dumurrage.You have to follow up and
work with me now.
Ensure that you keep this very confidential because of fraudsters
and impostors who go about presenting various bank accounts in order
to divert another beneficiary's fund.
your advise to reconfirm the following details below to us with valid
co-ordinates and amount to be claimed.
Note your transfer code is FBXNZ7XX5M you must keep it confidential
to avoid intruder or claim by anyone so that I do not transfer your
fund to the wrong Bank Account.
1.Account Holders Name..........
2.Bank Name.............
3.Bank Address.........
4.Home Address.........
5.Swift Code..........
6.Your Contact Cell Phone......
9.A Copy of your id
Finally i ask for your mutual understanding and cooperation to serve you
Yours truly,
Rev.Chris Amah
First Bank Nigeria Plc.

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