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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: "Dr. Ozudaa H.Oche" <>
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2018 12:06:18 +0100

Dear Friend,

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred to
a Swiss Account with the co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay who is an
international business man.

Presently I'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of the total
sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how. So I have given my
Secretary instruction to send your Debit Card/ATM which contains the sum of
$850.000.00 (Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars) on your name which I
have used as a compensation for your past effort.

Now contact my secretary her contact is:
Mrs. Amukwa Obaeast

Ask her to send you the total $850.000.00 Debit Card/ATM (Eight Hundred and
Fifty Thousand US Dollars) which I kept for your compensation for all the past
efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at
that time very much.

So feel free and get in touched with my secretary Mrs. Amukwa Obaeast and
instruct her where to send the Debit Card/ATM to you. Please do let me know
immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the suffering
at that time. In the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment
projects which I and my new partner are having at hand.

Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your
behalf to receive that Debit Card/ATM containing $850.000.00, so feel free to
get in touch with Mrs. Amukwa Obaeast and she will send the Debit Card/ATM to
you without any delay.

Therefore, you should send her your full Name, telephone number and
contact address for her reference and make further arrangement with
her on how you want to receive your ATM CARD

Best Regards.
Dr. Ozudaa H.Oche

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