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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: Kenneth Bola <>
Date: Thu, 6 Apr 2023 00:07:46 +0100


I am pleased to inform you that we have received an irrevocable
payment application from World Bank Washington, D.C., United States .
Instructing us to transfer the

deposited fund involving you as the only Bona-fide Beneficiary.
Nevertheless, we have taken cognizance of the deposited sum of
$10,500,000.00 United State Dollars for

the remittance directly to your nominated bank account.

Consequently, we are presently harmonizing the deposited file in your
Favor following the payment application received on your behalf. You
Will be notified as soon as

we are through with the authentication exercise. As part of our
protocol, kindly notify us with your bank details for affirmation and
successive wire transfer witting

the time frame.

Please be informed that the remittance should be consummated as soon
as we are through with the authentication exercise , consequently, you
are advice to add here to
this directive so that we can meet up with the time frame in
accordance with the International Remittance Act.

Note, because of the ongoing maintenance, you are advice to furnish us
with your banking details through email.

This is for your kind information while we await your urgent response.

Mr. Kenneth Bolaa
Group Chief Financial Officer
Access Bank Plc Nigeria
Phone No: +234 9047706718

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