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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:

Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 16:10:04 +0100

Bank For Africa Corporate Office
100 NS. Cotonou St Paul,BP 28255
Our Ref:BOA/RIA/SFE/15.5/WD/014
United Bank For Africa ( UBA )
ATM Card Department Office Benin Republic.

Greetings From ATM Card Center;

Happy New Year. This is to officially inform you that we have written
to you in a few months ago without getting respond from you and we
believe that our previous mail did not get to you, therefore we write
you again. We are contacting you concerning the release of your
compensation fund / Draft Check / into an ATM Card which have been
delayed to the transfer by some officials who claim to be in position
of your fund thereby extorting money from you in one way or the other.

Your Fund worth sum of US$7.5 Million united state dollars has finally
been approved for transfer by the West Africa Fund Monitoring Unit.
Your fund will be transfer to you via ATM Visa Card which is cash able
in any ATM machine or Bank anywhere in the world. Your inability to
meet up with some charges levied against you due to the past transfer
options, We the Board of Directors, Bank Of Africa (BOA); United Bank
For Africa (UBA); Central Bank Of Benin (CBB) with World Bank has
ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a CORPORATE
ATM DEBIT CARD to your name for you to receive your payment without
any further story.

When going through payment and compensation files this morning to
enable us audit payment/compensation paid out to foreign beneficiaries
today, we got notice that your Payment has been uploaded into this
CORPORATE ATM CARD and also have registered it with Security Code
{-GOZ1 XX022-} by the Courier Company which will delivered to you by
choice as follow; FedEx- DHL- UPS or this fund will be wire into your
Bank Account in your country. You are required to choose the nearest
Courier Office for the delivery of your ATM CARD Parcel to your home
address, as I have paid for all the necessary Documentation here and
you will be required to paid for the delivery charges by choice only
as follow; FedEx- DHL- UPS. You can now contact the ATM VISA CARD
Center for more information and with your full details bellow:

Full Names: /
Home Address: /
Direct cell Number: /
Occupation: /
Copy Of Identity Card: /

Here is the Paying Bank contact information bellow;

Email:( )
Direct Office Number :+229 9979-8270 Call or What's App

Please be warned, as the United Nations Anti-Crime Commission and the
United State Government does not instruct any other Bank or agent in
this payment except ( Mrs. Jeanette Hall ), whom we can only give
attention to this and from now, we advise you to stop all the
communications you are having with any other Agent or bank officials
in Europe, Asia and Africa regarding to your payment.

Thanks and my Regards
Mrs. Olivia Cruis
Customer Unit.

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