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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. Robert Williams" <>
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2022 21:43:32 -0800
Subject: From Rev. Robert Williams.

..I'm the Director Cash processing
unit, Ora Bank Financial Institution, the only bank appointed by the
organization of African union (OAU) members led by president John

Due to the ongoing fraud all over the world today especially in west
Africa countries, where some legal beneficiaries are been asked to pay
some money in advance before receiving their due and approved payment,
the above Africa union and international monetary fund (I.M.F)
directors held fresh conference meeting in Benin republic and resolved
to pay all beneficiaries whose his or her payment has been approved in
cash, through a United Nations diplomatic Means of delivery.

The mentioned union above has approved and appointed this Ora Bank
Financial Institution to pay your total sum of Three Million Dollars
($ 3,000,000.00); As the result of the conference meeting held to curb
the ongoing fraud in west Africa, we also resolved that no beneficiary
will pay any upfront fee till the receipt of his or her payment.

Regarding to this consensus, we have in conclusion agreed to take the
sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($ 10,000 Usd) from your fund to handle
all the necessary charges to ensure that you received your fund
without any delay. Therefore the amount you will be expecting from the
diplomat is $2,990,000.00) instead of ($ 3 Million Dollars) note it

We have set up a well planned strategies and measures to conclude this
transaction with you if you can give us maximum cooperation bellow:....

we want you to stop any further communication with any persons, bear
it couriers, or banks, or any other government entity that are
promising to pay you through bank to bank transfer, western union
transfer, money gram transfer, ATM card, even check, do not listing
to them because the Benin republic financial institution (BRFI) in
collaboration with the African union organization together with the
International Monetary Fund,(IMF) has prohibited such payment due to
the fraudulent activities all over the whole world today.

As a senior banker, controlling this cash payment unit now, I am
advising you not to waste your hard earning money anymore by paying
any body in advance again, and if you just follow my instruction, you
will receive your money in three working days from the moment we hear
from you.

Your clear attention and understanding is needed here please! Your fund
will be packaged in a consignment box and it will be shipped to you
through a licensed United Nations diplomatic courier service agent. I
will also send the picture of your box and also the video clip of how
your fund was arranged in the consignment box before depositing with
the courier to be deliver to you.

To enable the smooth delivery of your box and also to avoid wrong
delivery as well as to be clarified that I am contacting the right
beneficiary whose name appear on the payment file as we have it; you
are required to email me back with the reconfirmation of the following

Your Full Name......,
Your Home Address........,
Occupation ........,
Your Valid and direct phone number.

All the documents will be sent to you if I am assured that you have
stopped sending money to those fraudsters/rats out there. I assure you
that God will definitely judge all of them who lives by cheating.

Thank You and may you remain blessed.

Rev. Robert Williams.
Director Cash processing unit Ora Bank Financial Institution

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