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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. Emily Olivier Jackman" <>
Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2011 06:49:00 +0100
Subject: Contact DHL Mr. Gary Wells For The Cheque-

Top of the day to you and your family

I am sure this mail would be coming to you as a surprise since we have
never met before and you would also be asking why I have decided to chose
you amongst the numerous internet users in the world, precisely I cannot
say why I have chosen you but do not be worried for I come in peace and
something very positive is about to happen to your life right now and to
the lives of others through you if only you can carefully read and digest
the message below. The internet has made the world global villages where
you can reach anybody you have not met before. Before I move further,
permit me to give you a little of my biography, I am Mother Emily Olivier,
87 Years old woman and the wife of Late Sir Jackman Olivier who died in a
Plane crash on Monday the 7th of September 1998 GMT 14:22 UK while they
were flying from New York to Geneva.

Please see site below for more information:

After the death of my husband I became the Head of his investment and now
that I am old and weak I have decided to spend the rest of my life with my
family and loved ones whom I never had time for during the course of my
business life, but before the death of my husband we had a plan to use the
last days of our lives to donate half of what we have worked for to the
less privilege and charity homes and the other half for ourselves, family
members and close friends, and it is so unfortunate that my husband is not
alive today to do this with me and I am very weak and old now, hence I have
decided to do this philanthropic work on behalf of my late husband and I.
Presently, I have willed out almost half of our assets to several charity
homes and to some of the less privilege in different Countries.

Despite the agreement between my late husband and I to give aid to the
deprived, we also agreed to render support to an individual we have not met
before in life due to the fact when we were still young in life we receive
an anonymous help from an individual we did not know and which we have not
being able to know till date, the impact we got from such gesture made us
to do same. I am sorry to inform you that you will never have the chance to
know me because I have just concluded the assignment which my husband and I
have agreed upon before his sudden death and you happened to be the
beneficiary of our last WILL, irrespective of your previous financial
status, hence I need you to do me a favor by accepting our offer that will
cost you nothing. I have presently deposited a Cheque in the sum of
5,800,000.00 British Pounds with DHL express to deliver to you, what you
have to do now is to contact the DHL COURIER SERVICE as soon as possible to
know when they will deliver

For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance
Premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is not
a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country. You have
to contact the DHL COURIER SERVICE now for the delivery of your cheque with
this information bellow;

Contact Person: Mr. Gary Wells
Email Address: or
Tel: +44-702-401-8681

Again, you are not to pay for the delivering Charge, the Insurance premium
and the Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque because I have already paid
for them, the only money you are expected to pay is 165 British Pounds for
the security keeping of the cheque so far. I would have paid the fee but
the company insisted that I should not because they don't know when you
will be contacting them and to avoid demurrage or further cost. You are to
reconfirm the below information to them to avoid any mistake on the

Postal address:
Full Names:
Direct telephone number:

Below is the security keeping code: (SCT/0433/F) of your draft, you are to
also present it to them for verification before delivery. Let me repeat
again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any
further delay and remember to ask them to provide you with the method they
wish to use in receiving their security keeping fee of 165 British Pounds
for their immediate action.

Note: Please I do not want you to thank me or my husband all I need you to
do is to invest wisely with it and do the same good to someones life
someday as this is the only way this world would be a better community if
we render selfless services to one another.

Yours Faithfully,

Mrs. Emily Olivier Jackman

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