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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: "martins" <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 08:20:35 +0300
Subject: Read and answer asap

Address: 3 Presley Way
Crownhill, Milton Keynes
Buckinghamshire MK8 OES
United Kingdom.
TELEPHONE: +447024029379
Business Transaction Of $25,000.000.00 USD, (twenty five million united states

Please pay attention and understand my reason of contacting you today through
this email. My name is Barr. Martins Dradai I am the personal solicitor to a
foreigner, Late Mr. Morris Thompson, an American who unfortunately lost his life
in the plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261, which crashed on January 31,
2000. You may read more about the crash on visiting this C.N.N News Internet

upon your positive response and my questions are:-
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
3. can you keep this business as very confidential? once I am convinced that you
are capable and will meet up with instruction of a key bank official who is
deeply involved with me in this business.

All documents and proof to enable you get this briefcase will be carefully
worked out. I have Perform a probate order and mandamus investigation to locate
any of My client beneficiaries but it was fruitless, and more so I am assuring
you that the business is a risk free involvement.

As soon I receive an acknowledgment of recipient of this message in acceptance
to our mutual business proposal, I will furnish you with the necessary
modalities and disbursement ratio to suit both parties without any conflict. If
this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take an undue advantage of the trust
I will bestowed in you.

I desperately need your assistance to secure and move huge sums of money left
behind by my late client to the tune of $25,000.000.00, USD, (twenty five
million united states dollars). I will pay you 40% of the total sum for your
cooperation regarding this business. I can be reached urgently through my
private phone and email below.

Phone : +447024031028
Best Regards,

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