The "Bank of Africa (BOA)" Advance-fee Scam

The fake "Bank of Africa (BOA)" email below is an advance-fee scam. Recipients are asked to delete it and should not follow the instructions in it. The fake email is being sent by scammers who are attempting to trick their potential victims into sending them money or personal information. An advance-fee scam is a form of fraud and one of the most common types of confidence trick. The scam typically involves promising the victim a significant share of a large sum of money, in return for a small up-front payment, which the fraudster requires in order to obtain the large sum.

The Bank of Africa (BOA) Advance-fee Scam

A "Bank of Africa (BOA)" Advance-Fee Scam

From: Bank of Africa BOA

Subject: Your Bank Online tramsfer.

Date: 08 March 2019 at 14:28:35 SAST


Good day We wish to inform you that after today meeting with the Central Bank Governor and West African Committee for foreign Inheritance Funds payment through Bank to bank which was abolished due to failure to comply and order was giving to cancel all unclaimed fund and move the fund into Government free treasure account as unclaimed Bank Fund.

I pleaded with your file and with the help of the Bank of Africa (BOA) the new paying bank to use their online banking to pay you through Bank to Bank Online Transferring and we agreed that you will obtain Online Registration Form and Account opening Form which will only cost $110 to setup new account with BOA Bank.

I thank God that the Bank of Africa has agreed as I move your file to them and I made suggestion to use Online Banking to enable you have access to your fund and access to transfer the funds from your online account at your own time.

The bank Manager Bank of Africa also told me that with their online banking you can transfer your money yourself from your home or office at your convenient time in your computer once you register and open online account with their Bank of Africa.

So I will advise you to contact the bank with their contact information’ s because I have already move your files to them and they will be giving you their form with instructions to fill in their online web site and after you fill form, they will give you access code to your account online and you will now have the code to transfer your funds by yourself whenever you wish, so feel free to contact

Bank of Africa Full Contact Information’s.

Contact Person: Mr John Bull (DG)

Address: Avenue Jean Paul 11-08 BP 0879-Cotonou- Benin

Office Land Line: +229-98 100584

Mobile Line: +229- 69649041

Office Fax: (229) 21 31 13 17


BOA Email:

As you contact the Bank of Africa, tell them you want to register online with their bank to enable you have access to your funds in their bank for easy transfer from your country and they should send you their web site to enable you register online.

I am looking forward to hear that you have contacted the (BOA) Bank of Africa.

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February 21, 2020 at 6:26 PM by
The "Bank of Africa (BOA)" Advance-fee Scam

"From: Haris Hakim <>

Sent: Friday, February 21, 2020, 07:28:20 PM GMT 2

Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

I am Mr. Haris Hakim, I work with the department of Audit and accounting manager here in the Bank of Africa, There is this fund that was keep in my custody years ago and I need your assistance for the transferring of this fund to your bank account for both of us benefit for life time investment and the amount is (US$18 Million Dollars).

I have every inquiry details to make the bank believe you and release the fund to your bank account in within 7 banking working days with your full co-operation with me after success Note 45% for you while 55% for me after success of the transfer of the funds to your bank account.

Below information is what I need from you so we can be reaching each other,

1) Full name ...

2) Private telephone number...

3) Ages...

4) Nationalities...

5) Occupations ...


Mr.Haris Hakim."

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January 1, 2020 at 4:40 AM by
The "Bank of Africa (BOA)" Advance-fee Scam

Here is another scam

- Forwarded message -

From: Julius Gull <>

Date: Wed, 1 Jan 2020 at 8:40 am

Subject: For your visa card.

Dear friend,

I never forget you,I am Mr.Julius gull, an auditing debt manager ( B.O.A )

Bank of Africa, i contacted you for deal last time, i just want to let you know

that i have executed the deal and i kept some money for your compensation,

meanwhile contact my secretary through this email address ( ) so she will send you visa card worth's sum of (

1.2 million Dollars ), har name is Yentchabre Yendoukoi.

Mr.Julius gull.


July 12, 2019 at 8:11 PM by
The "Bank of Africa (BOA)" Advance-fee Scam


Sent: Friday, 12 July 2019, 10:43:04 pm AEST


We the Western Union Money Transfer Services wish to inform you that

as we celebrate our 60th Anniversary that you are among the 8 selected

lucky Winner chosen on the on-going Western Union/Moneygram

(WUMT) Sweepstakes, which makes you one of the beneficiaries to

receive a total sum of USD$2.2 million Dollars reply back with

details below to file for claim.

First Name:...?

Last Name:...?


S*x: M/F...?




Mobile Phone Number:...?

Fax Number:...?

You are hereby advised to contact our payment office Mr. Thomas Garry

through below contact for the immediate process of your wining payment

through western union daily payment

Contact Person Mr. Thomas Garry







Yours truly,

Mrs Jane Anderson

Head Director Western Union"

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The "Bank of Africa (BOA)" Advance-fee Scam