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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:

Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 23:36:36 +0100


Dear Beloved Custodian,

I am Mr. Piero Overmars, the Business Unit Director of the ABN AMRO BANK Amsterdam Netherlands. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. I
am contacting you to partner with me in respect of transfer of certain funds, which is being held in a floating account in my bank here in Europe. I am privileged to have full knowledge of the availability of this fund due to my function and position in the organization at present. I have to contact you because it is imperative for me to have the cooperation of a foreigner to be able to transfer the fund out of my country. My investigation proved the original depositor of the fund had died some years back and all attempts to reach the supposed beneficiary of the deposit were fruitless and before it is forfeited to the state, I decided to transfer it.After very thorough consideration, I have decided to reach you through this means to propose to you a mutually beneficial proposal that would require very minimal input from you but have quite an appreciative benefit to you. And of course as is obvious it is your prerogative to either support this proposal or reject it, but I do believe that it

is wise to first have a full picture of the transaction before you make such a decision.

I can state very unequivocally here and now that this business transaction that I am proposing is safe, risk free, legitimate and very profitable. I can also tell you that the amount involved is 24,500,000.00 Euros (Twenty Four Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros), that is about US$33,288,000.00 USD (Thirty Three Million Two Hundred and Eighty eight Thousand United States Dollars). I would give the details of the transfer process if I receive your response and am convinced that you are willing and dependable to carry out the transaction with me in absolute confidentiality. We have
to establish mutual trust such that it will be glaring to both parties that we could work with open mind. When the fund is transferred to your account, your share would be 35% of the total sum while the rest part would be for me and I intend to invest the major part of my share in your country with your assistance.

You can please contact me by email: if you need to know more about the transaction so that I can provide you with a more detailed picture of the
transaction. It is however imperative that you are aware from now that the transaction requires absolute confidentiality and a pledge to this resolve would be expected from you before I commence this transaction with you. I look forward to our working together in seeing this transaction come to a perfect and successful conclusion. For effective communication, please kindly include in your reply the information below:

1. Full names and mailing address
2. Nationality
3. Telephone and fax number.
4. Age
5. Marital Status

Please send this information to my private email : and free feel to call me on my direct number + 31 61 978 3918 for further clarification

Warmest regards,

Mr.Piero Overmars
+31 61 978 3918


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