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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: =?iso-8859-1?q?Martins=20martinsanitalpoh?= <>
Date: Wed, 10 May 2006 10:40:55 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Attention:GoodFriend,

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

Very Important & Confidential.


Pardon us for using this media in contacting you, is due to high pressure on our side that why we feel it would be the faster way to reach you.

Please bear with us.....We are Martins and Anita the only two children of late Gold Merchant Mr. Clifford Alpoh, who died 16th/10/1999 as result of food poisoning by one of his business associates.

Sometime earlier before the death of our mother two years ago before our father's death, mother disclosed to us that our father has a huge sum deposited with a prime bank here in our country and he intended to invest it outside Africa.....Frankly speaking mumm did not disclosed to us how much as the deposit as she maybe taking us as small children then.

On this date 16th October 1999, it was afternoon as we came back from school, one of our father's driver ran to us and told us that our father felt critically ill and was taken to a near Specialist Hospital. Anita and I martins requested to see our father,....but before we were taking to Hospital were he was, he was reported dead in about 45 minutes before our arrival.

After 2 years plus,........we proceeded to this bank to claim this

money with our uncle but the bank manager told us that this deposit is no more with their bank.....He reported that before our father's death, this fund was transferred to Ghana as our father instructed his bank.

This man directed us to our father's attorney who finally showed us by

records that this money was truly transferred and was re-deposited into

an escrow account with (Security Bondage Company) in Ghana........Our late father's attorney told us that we can not have access to this deposit

for certain reasons,..... he said only our father's foreign partner named

on the deposit bond is whom our father entrusted with the power to oversea our welfaires and to invest this fund on our behalf would have appropriate access to retrieve this fund and invest it as agreed between him and our father until we have good business knowledge.

We made series of trials to locate who our father's partner is,....whose name is in the deposit bond, but without success.

On one of our trials to locate our late father's partner earlier last year,.....we found that he was also dead with his family sometime (July 2000) in air crash with the Concorde plane that crashed into Hotelissimo near Paris.

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This very situation kept this very deposit tight and pending with this (Security Company) without us having access to it....But finally this case has been resolved last week on last trial at (ECOWAS HIGH COURT) with this Security Company........Court has ordered the Security Company to procure a new certificate of deposit of this very fund,

On our own name,...which my sister is right in Ghana now for the process with the Security Company....Ecowas Court also ordered them to release this deposit to us without any impediment upon our presentation of our new partner,........whom we wish to work with, according to our late father's bond with his late partner (Mr. Andreas Schranner) a German by nationality.

1. Please we are hereby seeking your concept and cooperation to present you as our new FOREIGN PARTNER to the security company as to enable us retrieve this fund without delay and transfer this fund to your investment A/C in your country.

2 To assist us greatly on investing our share into a profitable investment in your country,...which will put stop to our present sufferings here,......we also wish to inform you that we desire to reside and continue our education in your country after our successful conclusion of this transaction.

We are willing to offer you 20% of the total fund.....I know you will want to know how much is this total money in question {US$18.5 Million United States Dollars}.

Please indicate your full willingness to assist us by writing us back,

or calling immediately on our direct number for more details. + 228

920 59 32. (We will highly appreciate your call).

We are Looking forward to hear from you soonest you recieve this.

Yours Sincerely,

Martins and Anita.

- Martins martinsanitalpoh

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