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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: "Bernard Burch Otti" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2018 01:46:11 +0100

From the desk of,
Attorney Bernard B Otti
Legal Adviser/Consultants.
Suite 325, Mamangora House,
Victoria Island
Lagos State Nigeria
Dear Sir,


My name is Attorney Bernard Burch Otti, Former Legal Adviser/Director with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC.
I have the authorization of Dr Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke former Minister of Petroleum Resources Federal Government of Nigeria.
However, I want to believe that it is no longer a hidden issue on how Dr Mrs Diezani Alison Madueke allegedly looted a lot of money that runs above US$32 Billion of which it is a household news globally.Propitiously there is 17.520M British Pounds Sterling we wish to change the ownership in your name. The money has been en-routed to United Kingdom Bank.

Please we crave your understanding and maximum corporation to ease and facilitate the process of actualizing this fund to your German Bank Account or any account of your choice you provided. While using this medium vehemently assuring you the smooth success of this transaction. You hereby advised and required to uphold the high level of secrecy and confidentiality this transaction requires.

As soon as i receive your formal assent, interest and consent , Simultaneously i will be furnishing you with the details of the contact person. There also the sharing ration/percentage will be mutually addressed and stipulated.

Please be expedient and be assured of hitch free successful transaction guaranteed.

Attorney Bernard B Otti
Legal Adviser/Consultants.
Suite 325, Mamangora House,
Victoria Island
Lagos State Nigeria

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