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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!

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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.John Aboh." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 06:45:26 -0700

First Bank of Nigeria Plc
Foreign Operations and Finance Department
Head Office Address
Samuel Asabia House
35 Marina,
P.O. Box 5216,
Lagos, Nigeria.
Dear Sir/Madam,
I am writing this letter to you, In order to put smiles on your face and restore your lost hope. I am Mr. John Aboh, The Director Foreign Operations and Finance Dept, at the First Bank of Nigeria Plc, head office, Marina Lagos, Nigeria.
Be informed that the Federal Government of Nigeria is not to be blamed over the delay of your payment, This is because the Federal Government of Nigeria approved and released your NNPC contract fund valued $15.500.000.00 USD (Fifteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars) which was deposited in the central bank of Nigeria through the Federal Government of Nigeria Foreign Reserve and Treasury account.
The NNPC contract fund was approved in your favor and has been in the central bank of Nigeria, unclaimed, since 27th Sept, 2011, This is because some senior staffs of the central bank are collaborating with Dr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) then and have refused to release your NNPC contract fund to you, simply because they have been using the interest accumulated from your fund every year, to enrich themselves, without your knowledge.
Further investigations revealed that some payment file and deposit accounts belonging to some of the Beneficiaries have been tampered/changed, on the basis that the owners have died or have given out an authorization note of change of data. Investigations also revealed that there are some foreigners who are collaborating with the senior staffs of the central bank to make these changes illegally, without the knowledge of the rightful Beneficiaries of the funds.
Now, All powers have been vested on our bank to make all international payments, Due to reported cases of inefficient banking system and corrupt practices of some Nigerian Banks, including the Central Bank of Nigeria, the Federal Government of Nigeria have revoked/cancelled all powers vested on those banks and appointed our bank (First Bank of Nigeria Plc) to make all foreign payments.
In addition to that, The governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria then (Dr. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi) was also sacked by President Good Luck E. Jonathan, due to his corrupt practices, This decision was made by Mr. President because of the petitions received from foreign beneficiaries, FBI / INTERPOL and other International Organizations, About the none payment of foreign debts.
In accordance with the Central Bank of Nigeria Decree No 24 of 1991, Which states that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria have the powers to appoint or sack the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, If there is any misconduct from the governor.
Presently, your payment file is on my desk, duly verified for immediate payment/transfer. I want to help you pull out this fund to your bank account, using the easiest and quickest method which have not been made known to you before. By this method, you will open a Non Residence domiciliary account with this bank (First Bank of Nigeria) your fund would be lodged into this domiciliary account and will be transferred directly to any bank account of your choice, After the transfer, you will confirm the fund in your account within 5 hours the same day. No Cost of Transfer (COT) and no stoppage from any Government departments as the transfer will be done within our bank alone and it is very safe.
The essence of this Domiciliary account is to secure and protect your fund from being diverted by impostors/fraudsters or making payment to a foreign account which does not belong to you, one of the greatest advantage of opening a Domiciliary account is that you can instruct our bank to transfer this fund to your nominated bank account in your country, bit by bit with small amount thereby saving yourself from the embarrassment of Financial Authority in your country who monitor large transfer due to current trend of terrorism, Another beauty of the domiciliary account is that you can retain the balance left in your account in our Bank and you can also instruct us to pay out money to any account of your choice in any part of the world or issue you ATM Visa Debit Card or Bank Draft/Check which you can also use to withdraw your money in your country or in any part of the world when you are on a business trip or vacation.
The method which was introduced to you before is the Telegraphic Transfer (TT) for which confirmation was 48hours or 72 hours, because of the time factor, petitions could come from various Financial Monitoring agencies, 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.
This new method of Non resident domiciliary account opening, will enable you receive your inheritance fund within 5 hours the same day, After transfer. No Cost of Transfer (COT) and no stoppage from any Government departments, But you have to follow my instructions and keep this information very confidential because of fraudsters and impostors who go about presenting various bank accounts in order to divert another beneficiary's fund.
I hope you now understand the advantages of having a non residence domiciliary account and why you need this domiciliary account to receive your fund ($15.5 Million USD) in our Bank. Feel free to ask me any question, if you need more clarifications.
Below are the requirements for the opening of a Non Resident domiciliary account for you, in our bank.
(1) Your First Name..........Middle Name...........Surname.........
(2) Your Residential Address..............
(3) Your City...............State..............Country.........
(4) Your Gender..........Age...........Marital Status..........
(5) Your Occupation...............Office Address............
(6) Your Next of Kin..............
(7) Your Cell Phone Number..........Office Phone number........
(8) Your Valid International Passport or Drivers License.........
Your are required to pay a minimum sum of $450 usd only, for your non resident domiciliary account opening/activation fee. Take Note: 50% ($225) of the domiciliary account opening/activation fee will be credited in your domiciliary account, for the activation of your newly opened domiciliary account, while the remaining 50% ($225) will go to the bank, as the bank's official domiciliary account opening fee. (This fee is official and it's not negotiable)
i.e. $225 usd will go to your account, for the activation of your domiciliary account, while $225 usd will go to the bank, for the domiciliary account opening fee.
This is In-line with the Provisions of Section 2 Sub Section (ii a) of Banks and Financial Act of 2001 which state that all Non Resident Accounts otherwise known as Domiciliary Account must be activated to make the account operational, while Sub Section (ii b) do NOT permit any Bank official from making deduction from the payment to be deposited in the domiciliary account, which is the total $15.5 Million USD in your own case.
Take Note: I want to make it very clear to you that there is No Cost of Transfer (COT) and No clearance document is required from you, because the payment/transfer will be done within our bank alone.
So kindly read the information stated below, very carefully and fill in the blank spaces with the correct information's where necessary, for authentication and opening of a non resident domiciliary account in your name.
Take Note: The First Bank of Nigeria Plc will not be held responsible for any error in your fund Payment/Transfer, We shall not also be liable for any mistake, wrong information, anomaly or insolvency, arising from your none compliance to this request, Hence any information provided by you will be used to open a domiciliary account in your name and transfer your inheritance fund $15.500.000.00 USD to your bank account in your country.
This is to certify that, I, Mr/Mrs-------------------------------with the above details, hereby, provide this information to the First Bank of Nigeria Plc, to guide them in opening a non resident domiciliary account, for the transfer of my inheritance fund valued $15,500,000.00 USD, I confirm that the information stated above is correct and it's written in the best of my knowledge.
For: Mr/Mrs--------------------------------
I will give you the payment information, upon your response to this message, to enable you remit the Domiciliary account opening/activation fee $450 usd, to the account officer. you are also advised to forward your valid account details so that we do not transfer your funds to the wrong Bank Account.
So Contact me immediately to enable us commence the opening of a Non resident domiciliary account for you, in our bank, lodge the fund in your domiciliary account and transfer your inheritance fund $15.500.000.00 USD direct to your bank account in your country, without any setback or delay.
Find the attached copy of my working identification card, for your view.
Awaiting your quick response ONLY via my E-mail.
Yours Truly,
Mr. John Aboh,
Director Foreign Operations and Finance Dept,
First Bank of Nigeria Plc.

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