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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: Statoil UK <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:08:06 +0100
Subject: Statoil UK Limited Recruitment.

Address: Floor Regus House, 1 Berry Street,
Telephone: +44 7045712662
Fax number: +44 1224459259

All responses must be sent to this email:

Attn: Sir,

Subject: Statoil UK Limited Recruitment.

We are pleased to notify you that your qualifications and experiences are
found suitable for the requirements of Statoil UK Limited.

You are requested to send your Recent Resume and certificates for
verification and screening. Please indicate your present salary and your
preferred salary.

Total Years of Experience:-
Current Salary per Month in $:-
Years of experience in Oil & Gas companies:-

Best Regard,
Mr. Will Adams
HR Leader at Statoil (UK) Ltd

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