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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: Philip Martins <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 02:35:10 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Information from philip

From:=A0Philip Martins.
Abidjan. Cote D'Ivoire West Africa
Phone: +225 0851 2414
Dearly One,
My warmest greeting to you in the name of the Lord.
I am Philip Martins Son of Chief George Martins, I inherited an important s=
um of money from my late father who died in the recent crisis in Cote d'Ivo=
ire. I wish to request for your assistance in investing this sum in lucrati=
ve venture or manufacturing and real estate management in your country. I h=
ave Five million, seven hundred thousand United State Dollars. USD($5,700,0=
00) to invest in this transaction and I will require your assistance in rec=
eiving the fund in your account in your country. I will gladly give you som=
e resonable percent from the total sum for your assistance.=20
Before his death on September 2007, he gave me all the necessary legal docu=
ments to the deposit of the fund in the bank, I am 20 years old and a unive=
rsity undergraduate and really don't know what to do. Now I want an account=
overseas where I can transfer this funds and after the transaction I will =
come and reside permanently in your country till such a time that it will b=
e convinient for me to return back home if I so desire. This is because I h=
ave suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis h=
ere in Ivory coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my li=
fe. I also want to invest the fund under your care because I am ignorant of=
business world.
I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards. Your su=
ggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Now permit me to ask these few=
1. Can you honestly help me from your heart?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you aft=
er the money is in your account?=20
Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible. Immedaitely I=
confirm your willingness, I will send to you my picture and also give you =
more details about myself and the bank were my late father deposited the fu=
nd, so that you can reach the bank and confirm the existence of the fund as=
well, because seeing is believing. Please always reply me through this my =
private email:
Awaiting your immediate response and may God bless you for your effort.=20
With love,

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