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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: "DIRECTOR OF FIRST BANK PLC" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2020 16:45:31 +0100
Subject: Attentions

                                      5I Abibu Adetoro St, Off Ajose
                                      Adeogun St, P.M.B. 80137, Victoria
                                                  Island, Lagos
                                          Tel/Fax 234 -8036325952
With all due respect, my name is Bisi Onasanya, the Managing Director
and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of Nigeria, the United
Nation, in con-junction with the World Bank instructed our Bank to
release your compensation Fund $6m usd Through ATM Card,However
FirstBank dollar MasterCard is a chip and PIN Debit Card which can be
used anywhere in the world. It offers a convenient alternative to the
use of cash, and cheques. It can be used to make purchases online, pay
bills and access cash at ATMs worldwide. It is a dollar denominated
card and linked to your current or savings account. With your dollar
MasterCard, you can go cashless! No need for Personal Travel Allowance
(PTA) or Business Travel Allowance (BTA).It has increased limits for
international transactions up to $10,000 per a day on all channels
with a daily ATM cash withdrawal limit of $10,000.Tap and Go
Functionality to make transportation payments easy in the Worldwide
whether you use the bus or the train.Purchase your airline tickets in
your currency at no extra charge.Card Protection to activate or
deactivate cards for all types of transaction, using the
Card-in-Control Service on only ATM Machines  *894# – Quick
banking-Card management
Meanwhile you have to appoint one of the honest Courier Company that
will deliver your ATM Card parcel directly to your  doorstep and do
not forget to reconfirm your full details to the bank,
1)your cell phone number
2) your office address
3) your full name
1) DHL Courier company
2) UPS Courier Company
3) FedEX Courier Company
Olabisi “Bisi” Stephen Onasanya (born August 18, 1961) is a former
Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of First Bank of
Nigeria Limited.[1] He was before this appointment the Managing
Director/Chief Executive Officer of First  Pension Custodian, and
began his career with Arthur Young, an American audit firm. A
chartered accountant, Onasanya is credited with pioneering initiatives
in Nigeria’s nascent pension custody industry that helped define best
industry practices.
At First Bank Nigeria Limited where he held diverse portfolios before
his appointment as Group Managing Director, he coordinated the bank’s
Century 2 Enterprise Transformation Project,[2] widely acknowledged as
one of the most important phases of the bank’s early transformation
initiatives in response to an increasingly competitive financial
services landscape.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, a
Member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria, and an
Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Taxation, Onasanya has
served as a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers’
Sub-Committee on Fiscal & Monetary Policies, and of the Presidential
Committee on Reduction of Interest Rates.

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