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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: Oderah Morris <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2022 12:01:45 -0800

Complements of the day,

Please kindly accept my sincere apologies if my approach is offensive
and does not meet your personal ethics.

I am Mr. Oderah C Morris, from West Africa am sorry to intrude into your
privacy I got your email address through internet search after my prayers
so I bring to you this transaction which I notify from our bank an
abandon fund which belongs to our foreign customer who deposited the sum
of 13.7 million USD but had a plane crash and ever since then no one has
applied to claim his fund.

So I wrote to you with confidence that you can be of help so we can get
the fund out of the bank I want you to apply to the bank as his foreign
business partner and next of kin, my partner and I have access to all his
documents and we handle some of the bank's sensitive files, then we use
our position in the bank to do some alteration in the late account holder
files and give clearance and onward remission of the fund into your bank
account, sure deal and risk free.

Kindly forward your contact details if you are interested and willing to
work with me, thanks as I anticipate your quick response.


Mr. Oderah C. Morris.

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