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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: "FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA PLC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2019 17:04:25 +0100
Subject: First Bank Nigeria Plc.


Dear Beloved Beneficiary

This letter is written to inform you the reason behind your delay payment.I am Rev,Ashii Ashii 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 f

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 account 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,Ashii Ashii
First Bank Nigeria Plc.
+2348149184944 call me for more info.

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