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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: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 14:17:47 +0000

Dear Sir,

My Name is Ms. Maria Idemba; Manager Of BOA Bank Abidjan Ci ; On the course of 2016/2017 Financial Annual Report, A Surplus Profit of Fifteen Million Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand Us Dollars , [ $ 15,950,000.00 ] Was Discovered and Placed in a SUSPENSE ACCOUNT Without Any Beneficiary.

As an Employee Of the Bank , I can NOT be Directly Connected to the Fund For Security Reasons, That is why I am contacting You for us to Work Together as Partners to Receive the Said Fund in Your Account For INVESTMENT in Your Country.

The percentage Ratio is thus: 40% for you , 60 % for me and my colleagues .

Note: There is Practically No Risks Involved in this Transaction , It is 100% Risk Free and Shall Be Legally Bounded, All You Need to do is to Stand as the BENEFICIARY to the Deposit For a Proper Wire to Your Account .If you Find this Proposal Suitable For you, get back For Full Details and Procedures .

Best Regards .

Ms Maria Idemba
Manager Boa -Ci

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