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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: James Garvey <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jan 2012 14:31:10 +0100


Let me start by introducing myself I am James Garvey Head of Capital
Markets & Advisory Lloyds Banking Group UK.I got your contact from
our marketing research group here in London.

I want to make a proposal of business transaction value sum of
£30,000,000 (Thirty Million British Pounds Sterling) to you, of which
I believe will be of much interest to you and also a mutual beneficial
relationship to us.

I need your co-operation to transfer the above mentioned sum out of my
Bank to any part of the world.

And I am confident that you will give your consideration to this
proposal and response positively.

I am available to discuss this proposal with you and to answer any
questions you may have in regard to this fund.

As soon as you give your positive response to this proposal, I will
send the details and procedures of the transaction to you.

Reach me on this telephone +44 701 11 64380 for more additional
information or send your response via e-mail:

Look forward to discussing this opportunity further with you in more
detail shortly.


James Garvey (Mr)
Mobile number: +44 701 11 64380

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