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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: "Mr.Christopher Ngoesine" <>
Date: Wed, 21 Apr 2021 04:49:25 -0700
Subject: online banking

online banking

This is to inform you officially that we have verified your payment
file this morning and find out the reason you have not received your
payment is because you have not fulfilled the obligations given to you
in respect of your funds.

Secondly, we have been informed that you are still dealing with the
none officials in the bank and all your attempts to secure the release
of your fund
are still in vain. We wish to advise you that such an illegal act has
to stop if you wish to receive your payment since we have decided to
bring a solution
to your problems in receiving the funds. This idea is the latest
instruction given to this bank by the Federal Ministry of Finance and
United Nations Organizations.

I write this message to inform you that your compensation funds of
$4.800,000,00 is deposited in Bank Of Africa (BOA) this morning for
wire transfer because bank to bank online wire transfer is best and
easier way to receive this fund.You are now going to receive your
funds through Online Banking Transfer.To receive your funds through
online banking,I want you to contact Bank Of Africa (BOA) with below
email and forward your banking details information to them.Just
Contact the Bank Of Africa (BOA) with below information.

Bank Of Africa (BOA)
Director..Dr.paul Ubah
Tell....+229 61203639

You need to reply back with the following information as urgent as possible.

1. Your full name:
2. Phone and fax number:
3. Address:
5. Your age and current occupation:
6. A copy of your identity

Once again, you have to stop henceforth your further communication
with any other person or office regarding this transaction, this is to
avoid any hitch
or delay in finalizing your payment. The transfer of your total sum
of $4,800.000.00 will be completed through online banking transfer as
soon as
possible.Bank Of Africa (BOA) will get back to you and open online
bank account for you to transfer your funds to your personal bank
account,You will use your hand to transfer any amount you wish to
transfer directly to your personal account without any delay.

Also note that because of impostors, we hereby issue you our code of
conduct,which is BOA-001 you must have to indicate this code while
replying back.

Yours sincerely
Mr.Christopher Ngoesine

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