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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: "Brian Gilvary" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:19:36 -0700


I know this letter might come as a surprise to you especially since we
have never met or discuss before, basically the message might sound
strange but it is factual in reality if only you care to know, The
truth is that I should have notified you first through a more
confidential means, (even if it's at
least to respect your integrity) please accept my humble apologies if
I Had caught you unawares, I frankly do not mean any harm in passing
my message.

We are members of the Special Committee for Budget and Planning of the
British Petroleum and Mineral Resources, This committee is principally
concerned with contract appraisal and the approval of contract in
order of priorities as regards capital projects of the British Inland
Revenue, with our positions we have successfully secured for ourselves
the sum of Twenty Million Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds (20.5
Million Pounds) the amount was accumulated from
the over invoice.

Hence together with some of the top officials of the British Petroleum
and Mineral Resources, We plan to transfer this amount of money Twenty
million five hundred thousand Pounds (20.5Million Pounds ) into an
overseas account by awarding a non existing contract from my ministry
(BP). To this effect I decided to contact you and ask for your
assistance, what we need from you sir, is to provide a very vital
account in which the fund will be transferred.

My Colleagues and I have agreed to compensate the owner of the account
used for this transaction with 30% of the total amount remitted; we
shall keep 60% and remaining 10% reserved for taxes and other
miscellaneous expenses. Finally the confidence and trust reposed on
you cannot be over emphasized, Therefore you are to keep this Deal to
yourself confidentially because Caliber of personnel's involved are
men in government and cannot effort to loose our respective reputation
to our dear country if jeopardized by you.

Please Contact me urgently through this my private email address: for our easier communication.

Yours Faithfully
Brian Gilvary
Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of BP p.l.c

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