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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.Antonio Horta Osorio" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 15:54:00 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Re: For Business Enquiry !!

Hello My Dear,

I write only to seek your indulgence and assistance, My Name is Mr. Antonio Horta Osorio, The Group Chief Executive Director, Lloyds Banking Group Plc, London. I only write to seek your assistance. There is a deal of transfer Involving (£20,000,000.00). Twenty Million British Pounds Sterling. presently in our bank now. i am proposing to Make this transfer to any preferable account of yours, I want to assured you that this transfer is 100% risk free.

When we are through with the transaction, for your help and assistance, you will have 50% Share of the total money, while 50% will be my own Share, kindly reply me explaining you In tension, So that i will feed you with more details, So if you are Interested to do this transaction with me, reply me through this my private email. ( for more details about this transaction.

I am Looking Forward to hear from you.
Yours Sincerely
Mr. Antonio Horta Osorio,

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