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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: Pamawa Marthins <p_24marthins@yahoo.co.in>
Reply-To: p_13marthins@yahoo.com
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 19:36:55 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Reply Waiting


Pamawa Marthins
Abidjan,Ivory Coast
West Africa
Tel:+225-05-80-59-64.

My Dear

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life.

I am Pamawa Marthins the only son of late King Nekedel Marthins who was assasinated by loyal forces to corporal Foday Sankoh of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) when they attack our town where my late father was the ruler King and Director General of National Gold and Diamond Mining Corporation of sierra leone .

My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father in a private hospital he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he deposited one trunk box in a Security Company here in Abidjan that content sum of Eight Million United State Dollars.($8.000,000)My name as his only son for the next of Kin when depositing the Box in the security company.

I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice who will help me claim this box and transfer this money into his account so that i will start a new life over there with the person and continue my education.

If you can be of an assistance to me i will be pleased to offer to you 20% Of the total fund.



Best regards
Pamawa Marthins



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