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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: North Williams <>
Reply-To: North Williams <>
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:33:23 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention Beneficiary!

Director/ Foreign Affairs Ops Dept.


The Remittance of Your Fund $35.5Million To Your Personal Bank Account: I
believe you are alive and doing well to be reading this important and urgent
E-mail from the sub-regional office of the African Bank Group of Benin, I am
writing you this mail with urgent concern to officially inform you that our
GPS Network Server System (GPS NSS) recently detected an unknown Fund
Transfer Payment File system

(FTP File) valued at $35.5million, after our investigation on the FTP file
we discovered your name and data information on the file confirming you as
the Payment Receiver so we presented the FTP file to the World Bank
Department of Europe sub-region, so therefore we have now been authorized to
wire this fund directly to your Personal Bank Account because your Fund
Transfer Payment file was officially

cleared with a Bill of Clean Sheet as your name and data information was
clearly verified on the FTP file that was detected by our GPS NSS.We also
wish to inform you that a Domiciliary Account must be opened for you here in
this bank where your fund must be lodged in before it is properly
processed for our Online Bank Transfer, so you are also requested to fill
out the Account Opening Form as requested bellow,REQUESTED INFORMATION FOR
NEW ACCOUNT (Non residential account)

Your First Name:
Your Middle Name:
Your Last Name:
Your Address:
Your Occupation:
Marital Status:
Date of Birth:
Next of Kin:
Tel Number:
Mobile Number:
Private E-mail:

Below is Their Contact address and E-mail:
Chose option: Online transfer, ATM master card
Uba African Bank Plc
Director Mr. Femi Fashola
Benin. West Africa States.
African Bank

Finally, do bear in mind that once we confirm the requested information
above from you we shall effect your Fund Transfer within 24hrs immediately.
If you have any question or inquiry please feel free to call us, Thank you
for your understanding as
we hope to hear from you soon.

North Williams
Regional pay out Manage
Uba Bank Group Online Services
Benin Republic

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