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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 Raymond Oleh" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 11:33:45 -0300

My Dear Good Friend,

I wish to keep you posted on the out come of our emergency meeting with
the World Bank president, Jim Yong Kim, and international monetary fund
(IMF),London Paris club and (UN) I hereby inform you that your
winnings/inheritance payment the sum of (ten million five hundred
thousand united state dollars) file have been Signed and forwarded to
the Bank, therefore you are advise to contact your cash processing
director in charge and he will give full details on how to receive a
cheque or wire transfer to your account via online banking transfer
which you will need to do it yourself from any computer in your house or
office .

Name: Dr. Micheal Ide
TEL: +2348023223231

Best Regard,
Dr. Raymond Oleh

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