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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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Fraud email example:

From: "mase martins" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Sep 2005 08:35:36 +0000

Dear friend,

I sourced your e-mail address from the internet directory as we have
not previously known each other. However, every relationship begins
one day I am Mr.Martin Mase, the site inspection director with the
ministry of works and construction and I work directly with the
Minister in charge of the Ministry here in Republic of Sudan.

I awarded a contract for IRRIGATION to a Portuguese firm worth several
millions of dollars a few years ago. In the course of executing the project
the firm discovered large gold deposit in one of the construction sites.
Being the site director I collaborated with the firm in the mining of the
gold on a mutual agreement to share the proceeds out of which I got a share
of $16.4mil dollars.

As an ordinary director and a mere civil servant in this small war
torn country, I cannot introduce this funds into the banking system
here considering my meagre monthly income as well as the code of
conduct guidelines regulating civil service here in my country,
Sudan.Presently Sudan is engulfed in a civil crisis and as this crisis
intensified by the day, I decided to leave with my family and
succeeded in also moving this funds out of Sudan under diplomatic

I am presently out of Sudan I therefore solicit for your co-operation to
take delivery of this funds into your custody for any profitable investment
that will be mutually beneficial. I will be able to arrange all necessary
procedures to ensure smooth movement of this funds until you are in control
of it.

Please let me know if you are interested by return mail and also
include your full names and contact telephone number to enable me call you.
I will provide you with my contact telephone and where I am presently as
soon as you indicate appreciable interest to deal. Reply to this my
confidential email


Mr.Martin Mase

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