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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: martin benjamin <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 18:26:20 +0100 (BST)

The movement of the money will definitely be backed up by those documents that will be procured by the Lawyer. So I see no risks on it. See, talking about risk, I must tell you that you are 100% covered.

My aim is for us to invest this money in a profitable business.

I will advise you give me a call once you receive this mail.

My number is +44 7011121248.



Thank you for replying.

Can you also reply to me this: what about German money movement restrictions? Do they concern me?

Kindly communicate to me a little about you: have you visited other countries a lot?

Please do not disappoint me. I will wait for your reply.


Mr Schust

No place to run. No reason to hide.

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