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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: STEVEN MARTINES <steven_martines449@live.com>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:14:34 +0000
Subject: WE NEED YOUR ASSISTANCE



FROM MARTINES
STEVEN,

FIRST AND FOREMOST,I MUST SOLICIT YOUR STRICTESTCONFIDENCE IN THIS TRANSACTION AND I PRAY THAT MYDECISION TO CONTACT YOU WILL BE GIVEN GENUINE APPROVALCONSIDERING THE FACTS WE HAVE NOT KNOWN EACH OTHERBEFORE, I WISH TO USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO INTRODUCEMYSELF TO YOU. I AM STEVEN MARTINES FROM ZIMBABWE,SOUTH AFRICA. I WRITESTO INFORM YOU MY DESIRE TO INVEST,AND TO BUY A LIVINGHOUSE IN YOUR COUNTRY. I AM THE FIRST SON OF MR. DAVIDSTEVENS, HE WAS THE RICHEST WHITE FARMER IN MYCOUNTRY.MY FATHER HAD A BULLET SHOT BY BLACK SQUATTERSWHO CAME TO OUR FARM HOUSE IN HARARE DISGUISINGTHEMSELVESAS GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS. SEE THIS LINK TO GET ALLFURTHER INFORMATIONS REGARDING HIS DEATH:http://www.cnn.com/2000/WORLD/africa/04/15/zimbabwe.land.03/AFTER THE DEATH OF MY FATHER WE RECEIVED THREATS THATWE SHOULDLEAVE THE COUNTRY, SO WHILE CHECKING MY FATHERSDOCUMENTSI DISCOVERED HE DEPOSIT MONEY IN A BANK IN GHANA;INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK,THE SUMOF $18.3 MILLION U.S.D(EIGHTTEEN MILLION, THREE HUNDREDTHOUSAND DOLLARS)PRESENTLY MYSELF AND MY YOUNGER SISTER ARE HERE INGHANA,AND WE ARESTAYING IN IN A HOTEL HERE. THEREFORE I WANT YOU TOLECTURE ME ON HOW BEST WE CAN INVEST THISMONEY,BECAUSE MY FATHER TOLD ME THAT IT IS DANGEROUSTO INVEST THIS MONEY IN AFRICA TO AVOID SUSPICIONS,ANDDUE TO MARKET INSTABILITY COUPLED WITH ECONOMIC ANDPOLITICAL INSTABILITY FACING AFRICAN COUNTRIES,THAT ISWHY WE WANT TO INVEST IN ABROAD.WE HAVE SINCE MADEINQUIRIES TO THEBANK IN GHANA AND WE WERE INFORMED THAT THE MONEYIS STILL INTACT.SIR, I NOW RELIGIOUSLY SEEK YOUR ASSISTANCE IN HELPINGME TRANSFERTHIS FUNDS VIA BANK TRANSFER TO YOUR ACCOUNT THEN HELPIN INVESTINGTHIS FUNDS IN ANY LUCRATIVE BUSINESS OF YOUR CHOICE. FOR YOUR MUTUAL ASSISTANCE, MYSELF AND MY SISTER HAVEAGREED TO OFFERYOU 30% OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF THE MONEY.WE HAVE ALL THE VITAL DOCUMENTS COVERING THE DEPOSITAND THE OWNERSHIP WHICH I CAN SEND TO YOU THROUGH FAXON REQUEST.
NOTE:PLEASE NEVER DISCLOSED THIS TO ANYPERSON APART FROM YOU,SO YOU HAVE TO KEEP THISTRANSACTION AS A TOP SECRET TO YOURSELF ALONE.WHICH IWILL WANT YOU TO FORWARD ACROSS TO ME YOUR DIRECTTEL/FAX NUMBER FOR MORE INFORMATIONS ABOUT THISTRANSACTION.

BEST REGARDS, . STEVEN MARTINES. (FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY).
_________________________________________________________________
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