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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: "david martins" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 10:28:19 +0100
Subject: REGARDS

From: Mr.David Martins
Accra, Ghana.

Hello Dear

I got your contact during my search for a reliable,honest and a trust worth
personto entrust this huge transfer project with My name is Mr.David
Martins,Branch manager of a financial institution here in Ghana. I am a
Ghanaian married with two kids.

I am writing to solicit your assistance inthe transfer of $ 7,597.864.00
Million United States dollars only. Thisfund is the excess of what my branch
in which am the manager made asprofit during the 2005 financial year.

I have already submitted annual report for that year to my head office here
in Accra Ghana as Ihave watched with keen interest as they will never know
of this excess Ihave since, placed this amount of $ 7,597.864.00 Million
United States dollars only to an Escrow Code account without a
beneficiary(anonymous) to avoid trace

As an officer of the bank, I cannot bedirectly connected to this money due
to civil service code which formitscivil servants from owing or operating
foreign currency account coupled with the fact that the fund is huge thus I
am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your
bank account on mybehalf

I intend to part 30% of this fund to you while 70% shall befor me. I do need
to stress that there are practically no risk involved in this. It's going to
be a bank-to-bank transfer. All I need from youis to stand as the original
depositor of this fund so that the fund canbe legally processed to your name
and be transferred to your account. Ifyou accept this offer,I will
appreciate yourtimely response to my private email:

With Regards,

Mr.David Martins

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