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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: "Jose De Jesus Martinez Gaona" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2010 09:05:13 -0500
Subject: Read Carefully..Mrs. Emily Olivier Jackman

I am Mrs. Emily Olivier Jackman an ageing widow suffering from long time
illness and I have decided to render assistance to the needy as a part of
humanitarian services but my situation would not permit me. Hence, I found
your email address in the internet and I have presently deposited a Cheque in
the sum of £5,800,000.00 British Pound with FedEx express to deliver to you
upon your contact with them.

You are to receive this money and have it disposed on my behalf to the less
privileges in your location. And you are to take only 30% for work done and
70% to be disbursed as charity.

I am sorry to inform you that my communication capacity is very low and i
would not be able to communicate with you on your next reply.

What you have to do now is to contact the FedEx COURIER SERVICE as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the
expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge,
Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it
is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country.

The only charges to be paid by you are the accrued security keeping charges
of your cheque so far, this charges are very minimal; I was not allowed to
pay because they do not know when you will be contacting them for the claim
and to avoid demurrage or further cost.
Remember to ask them how much is the present security keeping charges of your
cheque and their method of receiving the charges.

Contact Information for the Claim of Your Cheque:
Contact Person: Mr. Mark Robbins
Email Address:

You are to reconfirm the below information to them
Postal address:
Full Names:
Direct telephone number:
Security Keeping Code of the Cheque: (SCT/0433br/)

Once again, remember to ask them the security keeping charge accrued on your
cheque so far and their method of receiving the charges.

Thanks for accepting to do this on my behalf.
Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Emily Olivier Jackman

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