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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: "Olla Midee" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 15:24:14 +0200
Subject: Do accept my sincere apologies,thanks.

Dear Friend,

How are you and your family ? I hope fine, Do accept my sincere apologies,
if my mail does not meet your personal ethics.

By introduction, I am, the bill and exchange manager in one of a reputable
financial institution here in Ouagadougou Burkina Faso "Bank of Africa". I
would love to build up a solid foundation with you in time coming, if you
can be able to help me in this business proposal.

Listen, a generous customer of this bank died on March 11th 2004 at
Madridtrain attack,and this deceased customer to our bank left a Sum
worth of
Fifteen Million, Five Hundred thousand United State Dollars ($15.5M)


I Hoped that you will not expose or betray this trust and confident that I
am about to repose on you for the mutual benefit of our both families. I
need your urgent assistance in transfering this above mentioned sum into
your bank account or you come here in this bank for cash paying into your
hands. I don't want the money to go into our Bank treasury as an abandoned
fund. Since our bank could not locate any of his nearest person to inherit
this money.So this is the reason why I contacted you, so that with me giving
you all his information our bank can release the money to you as the nearest
person to the deceased customer. Please I would like you to keep this
proposal as a top secret and delete if you are not interested.

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send you full details on how the business
will be executed. Please if your willing to help me, kindly reply me with
this email

Stay Blessed.
Yours sincerely,
Mr Olla Midee.

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