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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: "Mr Martins Gomez" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 14:01:57 +0800
Subject: Re Good Day,

Dear Friend,
I am Mr Martins Gomez, I want to know if you can allow me invest my money in your company as your partner.
I have been into real estate business for many years until my recent retirement following my doctor's advice for
me to avoid any form of stress because of my failing health.

please tell me, can you invest my money for me? if you agree, we shall both share the total annual profit.
I am contacting you for this Because I do not want any of my family member to be aware of this, I therefore
demand you treat this very confidential.

I will give you details of the funds and the transfer as soon as I receive your response.
Please reply to this email

Most Regard.
Mr Martins Gomez

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