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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: "OCBC BANK" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 10:33:36 -0700

Kuala Lumpur Malaysia

Ordering Beneficiary

This is to inform you that the OCBC Bank Malaysia Online Transfer Dept. been notified of a RETURNED FUNDS under the custody of BANK in MALAYSIA. that confirmed they have a PAYMENT/TRANSFER MANDATE to release the total sum of $750,000.00 ( Seven Hundred and fifty Thousand United State Dollars ) from its Offshore Account to you as the end recipient. Information from the BANK in MALAYSIA is that this payment covers an accumulated interest sum from your outstanding debt owed to you by the Malaysian Authorities and has been mandated to release this sum to you by Online Banking in Your Name within 72hrs of the payment notice and endorsement in accordance with their memorandum of understanding (MOU) and payment instructions with the USA . The Malaysian Bank complained that all their effort to reach you lately on this matter proved abortive, hence their decision to cancel the payment and notify us so that we authorize them to return the funds back to the Ordering Customer. And in accordan
ce Malaysian Bank Paymen

Be finally informed that this letter shall serve as final notification that after 3 official working days from date of dispatch, we do not hear from you, we shall have no other option than to send funds back to the ordering customer.

If therefore you are still interested to receive this accumulated accrued interest kindly revert back to me on this e-mail for further directive.

We deeply appreciate your co-operation and understanding.

Thank you for Banking with us


Head Of Online Transfer Dept. OCBC Bank Malaysia
Mr. James Tan Chris
Private Email :
Members OCBC Group
25th Floor Wisma Lee Rubber 1, Jalan Melaka, 50100, Kuala Lumpur, 50100, Malaysia
Telex 388401, Telegramms CINNAFOREX SWIFT OCBCMYKL

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