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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: ORA BANK <>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2023 17:02:09 -0700
Subject: GOOD NEWS

Hello dear,

compensations Funds from your friend Aleesa

I am pleased to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Canada. I am
currently in Canada for investment and my studies here in Canada
meanwhile, I will not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist
me in transferring the funds that failed somehow.

Now you need to contact the Ora bank Benin republic with their Email
address Below, ( Ask them to send you a certified
visa card value of $450.000.00 Four hundred and fifty thousand
Dollars. which I prepared and kept for your compensation for all the
efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter that failed somehow

I appreciate your efforts at that time very much, i kept the visa
card with the Ora bank Benin republic. so you have to contact them
with your full information immediately for your Visa card. To enable
them to deliver your ATM card that contains your total funds down to
your home Address their contact below,

Your full Name;...........
Your home Address;.........
Your direct phone number;.........
Your occupation;.............
A copy of your I D card;.........
Your age;..............
Your country ;.....…....

TELEPHONE NUMBER IS +229 61058180 or +229 99728541
FAX NUMBER +229 51869428

just feel free to contact them as soon as possible, so they can send
you the visa card with value of ($450,000 U.S Dollars ) Four hundred
and fifty thousand U.S. dollars i kept with your name,

Please. let me know immediately you receive the visa card so we can
share our joy together after all the sufferings at that time. At this
point, I'm very busy here because of my studies and the investment
with my new partner, finally, remember that I had forwarded
instruction to the Ora bank Benin republic on your behalf to receive
that money. So do not hesitate to contact them to send your visa card
without any delay.

Your Friend
Mr Aleesa.

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