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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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Fraud email example:

From: "jones martinez" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 19:09:09 -0900
Subject: GOOD DAY!!

Dear Friend,


My name is Jose A. Martinez; I am a 64 years old man, I am Cuban currently
residing in Dubai. I was formerly living in Cuba and served under Castro’s
government but had to run into self exile after the ruling Government of
Fidel Castro closed in on my family on accusations of anti-government
statements, I was once married with two children but my family could not
escape before the deadly hands of Castro’s goons fell on them. l did made a
lot of money serving Castro and I have been a merchant here in Dubai dealing
in Ornamentals, Oriental Carpets and Artifacts and life was very smooth for
me until about three(3) years ago when I was first diagnosed of Cancer of
theLarynx. Before this happened my business and concern for making money was
all I lived for, I never really cared about other values in life. But since
the loss of my family and hometown, I have found a new
desire to assist helpless families. I have been helping orphans in
orphanage/motherless homes. I have once donated some money to orphans in war
ravaged Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan and some East European Countries.

Before I became ill, I kept US$ 18.5 Million (Eighteen Million, Five Hundred
Thousand United States Dollars) in a long-term deposit vault of a
Security/Finance Company and I didn’t state any next of kin when the money
was deposited and if I died without stating any the money will
automatically go into the coffers of the Security Company and I don’t want
this to happen.I have since lost my ability to talk and my doctors have told
me that I have only a few months to live. It is my last wish to see
this money distributed to charity organizations because relatives and
friends have plundered so much of my wealth since my illness, I cannot live
with the agony of entrusting this huge responsibility to any of them.

Please, I beg you if you can to help me collect the deposit and distribute
it amongst charity organizations and most especially in aid of the victims
of the recent disastrous Asian Tsunami and
Katrina. Use your judgment to distribute the money and feel free to
reimburse yourself when you have the money for any cost you incur during the
process of collecting and distributing the money to charity organizations.

Please do not bother to respond to this message if you are not in a position
to take up this responsibility and to ensure that my last wishes are carried
out sincerely to the betterment of humanity. I am going to send you vital
documents to back up my claims and I am willing to offer you a reward If you
are willing to help, please reply as soon as you can.

Looking forward to hearing from you soonest via my private email address


Jose A. Martinez

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