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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: Ramson Oti <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 19:53:27 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From: Mr. Ramson Oti

From: Mr. Ramson Oti

Writing from sick bed

Thank you as you accept this message,
name is Mr. Ramson Oti at present I am suffering from throat cancer and
have partial stroke. My doctor here in the hospital has just informed
me that only God can save me from this condition that they have tried
their best as human beings.

My matrimonial home today happens
that I do not have a wife and children due to my condition could not
allow me to produce children when my wife was alive. That is while I
choose to bequeath my heritage to you for the service of God in your
country. It is because of this I would like gracious and with the aim of
help stripped to give you this known as heritage rising to a value of
$9.5 million US dollars for you to use it to help the orphans, victims
of war, HIV/Aids, and expand the work of God in your country. As you can
see this is a very hard decision to take but I have no option than to
will out this deposit before my major operation in few days from now
therefore I would like you to think about it very well and forward to me
your complete data, full name, address, age, occupation and telephone
number etc.

I count on your goodwill and especially the good use
of these funds for your endeavors. God bless you and your family. Reply
immediately for further details.

Lastly, I hope to hear from you immediately you received this mail with data as requested above.

My Regards.

Mr. Ramson Oti

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