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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: From Barrister Odogwu Oche
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Dec 2015 11:47:17 +0100

plot 9 Flat 17, Military Street, Onikan,
P.O. Box 52313, Falomo, Lagos State


I am Barr. Odogwu Oche at law. I am the personal attorney to Mr. Raymond
Bent a national of your country,An engineer by professor, who used
to work with Shell - development company in Nigeria. Here in after
shall be referred to as my client.

On the 25st of December 2000, my client, his wife and their two
children were involved in a car accident along Zuba express road. All
occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I
have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my
clients extended relatives.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last
name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I
contacted you.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property
left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged.
Particularly, the finance company where the deceased had an account
valued at about USD $6.5 million dollars {SIX MILLION FIVE HUNDRED
THOUSAND DOLLARS ONLY} has issued me a notice to provide the next of
kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official
working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the the relatives for over
2 years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of
the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of
this account valued at USD6.5 million dollars can be paid to you and
then you and me can share the money. 60% to me and 40% to you I have
all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we
may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see
this deal through.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law.You are advise to
forward to me your Full Name, your contact address, your phone
number,your Occupation, your Sex,your next of Kin and your Date of
Birth,A copy of your ID if any, Please get in touch with me by my
email and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us
discuss further about this transaction.

Best regards

Barrister Odogwu Oche.

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