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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 Olivette James <>
Reply-To: Mr Olivette James <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 21:54:49 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: GOOD DAY

 Dear Friend,

Pardon me for not knowing your mindset before making you this offer
which is utterly confidential and genuine by virtue of its nature. I
write to solicit your assistance in a funds transfer deal involving
12.4 million British Pounds

This fund has been stashed out of the excess profit made last year by
my branch office of the Nart west Bank London. I have already submitted
an approved end-of-the-year report for the year 2013 to my head
office, and they will never know of this excess cash.

Upon your response, I shall configure your name on our payroll
database as holder of the excess account. I will then guide you on how
to apply to my head office for the bank-to-bank remittance of the
excess cash of 12.4 million British Pounds into your designated bank

If you accept this proposal, I intend for you to retain 30% of the
funds while 70% shall be for me. Kindly send me the following
information,to my private email address:( )

1, Your Full Name:
2, House Address:
3, Your Cell Phone Numbers:
4, Your Occupation:

Best Regards.
Mr.Olivette James
Nart west Bank London

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