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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 ASHII <>
Date: Fri, 21 Jan 2022 03:05:34 -1200
Subject: Dear Beloved Beneficiary,


Dear Sir/Ma,

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 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.Note it will Cost to activated your account
with us with little Money {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
10 Your Account Number

Finally I ask for your mutual understanding and cooperation to serve you

Yours truly,

Rev,Ashii Ashii
First Bank Nigeria Plc.

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