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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 MailaMutu MARTINS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011 07:11:33 +0100
Subject: Peace Be With You

Peace Be With You,
I am Mr. MailaMutu MARTINS, a senior Accountant with BSIC BANK Cotonou-Republic of Benin and the account officer to late Mr.
Andrzej Stasiak a contractor with the government of Benin. It happens that on the 21st of April 2001, Mr. Andrzej Stasiak,
his wife and their two kids (daughters) were involved in ghastly auto-crash along the ever busy Eco High Way.
The family lost their lives in the accident with all occupants in the vehicle. Since then, we have not heard from any of the
family members. I have searched for the relative but could not trace any. It happens that the supposed next of kin were also
involved in the accident. I informed the bank of the demise. The bank has made several and have sent several enquires to
their embassy to locate any of his extended relations but could not.
Hence, I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and Property left behind by Mr. Andrzej Stasiak because the
account has been declared as dormant and may be confiscated as unserviceable soonest if we do not lay claims urgently.
The Bank has published several Notices for the Next of Kin of the deceased but couldn’t find any, since two years now. Since,
I seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin of the deceased, and the fund will be paid to you without delay. The
Amount involve is $51.750 Million and we will share on the percentage of 70% for me and 30% for you.
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to backup this deal. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable
this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate Arrangement that will protect you from any
breach of the Law.
Please I will like you to indicate your willingness by sending some of your information for easy communication and for more
clarification. The information's are as follow:- Your full name with Your personal email address, your direct telephone and
fax numbers for confidentiality and easy communication.
I wait to hear from you urgently about your decision or consideration if you are interested, but if you are not interested
kindly do me a favour by deleting my mail massage out of your mail box.
Mr. MailaMutu MARTINS.

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