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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: martin guio <>
Date: Mon, 22 Dec 2008 18:59:07 +0900 (JST)
Subject: In Trust & Confidence

>From Mr Martin Guio.
Country: Abidjan Cote Ivoire
Address Plateau Cocody
Dear one,

My name is Mr Martin Guio. I work with Cote D'Ivoire bank as an accountant foreign operation department. In the discharge of my duty, I stumbled on this domiciliary account that has remained dormant for three years now with Six Million Dollars ($6m) in it. I contacted my director and we sent out
staff for enquiries and discovered that the account holder was death with the next of kin.

I am writing you so that we can work with you to remit the money into your account as the next of kin. It is simple process which will take a short while to process Outside this. I look forward to receive your urgent response.

Thanks for your co-operation.

Best regard

Martin Guio.

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