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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: "Mr. Ozudaa V. Oche" <>
Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2019 10:56:12 +0100
Subject: DEAR SIR / MADAM VBN103

E-mail ---
PHONE: +234-081-223-33-795
Contact person: Mr. Herbert Wigwe

Director/ Foreign Affairs Ops Dept.


The Remittance of Your Fund $15.5Million To Your Personal Bank
Account: I believe you are alive and doing well to be reading this
important and urgent E-mail from the sub-regional office of the UBA
Republic of Benin, I am writing you
this mail with urgent concern to officially inform you that our GPS
Network Server System (GPS NSS) recently detected an unknown Fund
Transfer Payment File system

(FTP File) valued at $15.5million, after our investigation on the FTP
file we discovered your name and data information on the file
confirming you as the Payment Receiver so we presented the FTP file to
the World Bank Department of Europe sub-region, so therefore we have
now been authorized to wire this fund directly to your Personal Bank
Account because your Fund Transfer Payment file was officially

cleared with a Bill of Clean Sheet as your name and data information
was clearly verified on the FTP file that was detected by our GPS
NSS.We also wish to inform you that a Domiciliary Account must be
opened for you here in this our bank where your fund must be lodged in
before it is properly processed for our Online Bank Transfer, so you
are also requested to fill out the Account Opening Form as requested
bellow,REQUESTED INFORMATION FOR NEW ACCOUNT (Non residential account)

Your First Name:
Your Middle Name:
Your Last Name:
Your Address:
Your Occupation:
Marital Status:
Date of Birth:
Next of Kin:
Tel Number:
Mobile Number:
Private E-mail:

Finally, do bear in mind that once we confirm the requested
information above from you we shall effect your Fund Transfer within
24hrs immediately. If you have any question or inquiry please feel
free to call our Customer Fulfillment Center on +234-081-223-33-795. Thank you
for your understanding as we hope to hear from you soon.


Mr. Ozudaa V. Oche
Regional Director
diamond bank online customer service
Nigeria Republic

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