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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: "Mrs. Ogden Michel" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Feb 2017 02:03:57 +0100

Dear beloved,

I'm Mrs. Ogden Michel Teresa Dee, From Berlin German but presently in
United State of America, I am 71 years old, I am deaf i don't hear and
I'm suffering from a long time cancer of the breast, From all
indication my condition is really deteriorating, and doctor Silver
have courageously advised me that I may not live beyond the next Three
months, this is because the cancer stage has reached a critical stage
and my health is really worse now, I was brought up in an Orphanage
home, and i was married to my late husband Johnson Dee for twenty
years without any child can i trust you ?.

My husband and I are true Christian's, We lived all day in United
State of America, since he was working here as a contractor and got
share's with Coca cola Company here, but quite unfortunately, he died
in a fire burnt, he burn to ashes none of his body was found.

Since his death I decided not to remarry and because of my bad stage
of health, I sold all our Inheritance belongings to me and my late
husband Johnson Dee and deposited all the total Sum of $5.5 Million
United Sate dollars with the Chase Bank,in United State of America,
and all our jewelries Diamonds and Golds With the Bank Also As Well.
My dearest beloved one in Christ can i trust you to distribute our
life earns to the Motherless Homes and Churches and Haiti Suffering
people ?

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact of the
Bank in United State of America. I will also issue a letter of
authority to the bank, which will prove that you are the new
beneficiary of my funds. Please assure me that you will act
accordingly as I stated herein.

Hope to hear from you soonest.
I Await Your Reply.
Yours Sincerely Sister in Christ,
Mrs. Ogden Michel Teresa Dee.

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