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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: Luralen Olivier <>
Date: Mon, 20 May 2013 10:13:33 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Re:Hello


Glad knowing you. I am not concerned about your nationality, race, age and religion. Friendship has not to do with language "friendship is a symbol of eternity that wipes away all sense of time. I believe in God that he has his own ways of bringing people together. How strong are you in the things of God. I will love you to removing all memory of a beginning and all fear of an end. I am a happy girl who enjoys life in all its forms. I love to travel and see new places,my hobbies are reading, cooking,watching movies and traveling.

My name is Miss. Luralen Olivier I need your assistant on relocating to your country to further continue my education in your school. and I also need your assistance and experience to help me transferring my inheritance to your country, So that i can come to where you are and continue my education,set up an investment & be living peacefully.

The deposit documents shows that the amount deposited by my late father is Two million five hundred thousand (USD) in one of the leading bank. My age is 19 years,It was my uncle and my late father business associate that plotted the death of my father, my mother was late since when I was a baby while am the only child of my parent. I am willing to offer you 10% of the total money as a mode of compensation after the transfer for your time and effort.

Full name


Phone number

Fax number

If ready to assist me from this scenario, Reply me please, So that i can tell you more details of my intention and give explanation.

Thanks in advance

Yours Faithfull

Miss. Luralen Olivier

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