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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: loveline martines <>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 05:43:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Urgent Reply !!!!

Dear One,

I know you will be surprise to receive my mail since we have neither seen nor met before.Well, let me start by first introducing myself to you.

I got your contact in my search for a honest and trustworthy person who will assist me. I hope that you will lend ears to my honest and sincere request.I am writing you hoping that you will lend ears to my honest and sincere request due to the urgent need transfer my inheritance funds abroad for investment purpose.

I am Miss Loveline Martines 23 years and the only child of my late parents Mr & Mrs George Martines, My father was a highly reputable Gold and Cocoa magnet who operated in Abidjan the economic capital of Cote d'ivoire during his days. It is sad to say that my father passed away mysteriously as a result of poisioning during one of his business outings on 12th Febuary 2007.

Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth.My mother died in 1988 when I was just 4years old,and since then my father took me so special.My father's second marriage could not stand due to the ill treatment being given to me by the woman.

Before his death on Febuary 12th this year he called her secretary and I at his hospital bedside and told her that he has the sum of Six million,five hundred thousand United State Dollar($6.500,000) left in fixed/ Deposite account in one of the leading banks here.

He further told us that he deposited the money with my name as the next of kin,and finally issued a written instruction to his lawyer who he said is in possession of all the necessary legal documents to all his wealth here in my Country and also outside Cote d'Ivoire.

I am just a university undergraduate and really and don't much about financial issues. I need an account oversea were I can transfer this funds and after the transaction i will come over to your country .This is because I have suffered alot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in the country.

The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life and i wished to invested under your care please.I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistant in this regards so that i will leave here and have a settled life which is the wish of my father before his untimely death.

Your suggestions and ideas will be highly welcomed but permit me to ask this two questions:-
{1} Can you honestly help me on this without betraying me?
{2} Can I completely trust you ?
Note: While i am offering you 10 percentage of the total money for this important assistance,you will also be the overseer of the investment untill i finish my education while I pray that you do not betray me at last.

Please it is important you reply me immediately for more details on the next step hence it is my wish to relocate to your country as soon as the transfer is concluded.

Expecting hearing from you so that I will know my position.

Miss Loveline Martines.

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