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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: "Mrs.Joy Jonson" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Nov 2022 06:48:45 -0800

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

Greetings From ATM Card Center;

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 {-BLZ1 NZ022-}
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

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. Joannita Tedd ), 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. Joy Jonson
Customer Unit.

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