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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: =?us-ascii?Q?Jose=20Martinez?= <jamtinez02@seznam.cz>
Date: Sun, 23 Jul 2006 21:21:45 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: Donations

Dear friend,

Compliments of the day to you and your family! This mail might come to you as a surprise and the temptation to ignore it as unserious could come into your mind; but please consider it as fate and accept it with a deep sense of humility. I came to know of you in my private search for a reliable and trust-worthy person to whom I can entrust my last wish.

My name is Jose A. Martinez; I am a 64 years old man, I am Cuban currently residing in Dubai. I was formerly living in Cuba and served under Castro?s government but had to run into self exile after the ruling Government of Fidel Castro closed in on my family on accusations of anti-government statements, I was once married with two children but my family could not escape before the deadly hands of Castro?s goons fell on them. l did made a lot of money serving Castro and I have been a merchant here in Dubai dealing in Ornamentals, Oriental Carpets and Artifacts and life was very smooth for me until about three(3) years ago when I was first diagnosed of Cancer of the Larynx.

Before this happened my business and concern for making money was all I lived for, I never really cared about other values in life. But since the loss of my family and hometown, I have found a new desire to assist helpless families. I have been helping orphans in orphanage/motherless homes. I have once donated some money to orphans in war ravaged Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and some East European Countries. Before I became ill, I kept $ 8.5 Million (Eight Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in a long-term deposit in a security/finance company and I didn?t state any next of kin when the money was deposited and if I died without stating any the money will automatically go into the coffers of the security company and I don?t want this to happen.

I am contemplating leaving the hospital to seek alternative oriental medi-care in an acupuncture clinic, I have been undergoing treatment for Oesophageal Cancer at the hospital and I am still here without any improvement. I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see this money distributed to charity organizations. Because relatives and friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, I cannot live with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them. Please, I beg you if you can to help me collect the deposit and distribute it amongst charity organizations aiding victims of natural disaster and others. Use your judgment to distribute the money and feel free to reimburse yourself when you have the money for any cost you incur during the process of collecting and distributing the money to charity organizations.

Please do not bother to respond to this message if you are not in a position to take up this responsibility and to ensure that my last wishes are carried out sincerely to the betterment of humanity.I am going to send you vital documents to back up my claims and I am willing to offer you a reward If you are willing to help, please reply as soon as you can on my alternate email address:

jmartinez_41@yahoo.es

Looking forward to hearing from you soonest.
Regards
Jose Andres Martinez



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