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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: Richard Martins <>
Reply-To: (
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 14:35:19 -0300
Subject: Re;

Good Day,


Pardon me if I have offended you by contacting you for such a big transaction through an ordinary letter which makes it suspicious considering the type of fraud proposals moving around the world today.

However, I was advised to explain this transaction to you on a face to face meeting.I could not do this because of the situation in the world today not being sure of your reaction.

I am Dr Richard Martins, a Consultant and Broker from Kingston Jamaica. I was hired by a Japanese Businessman to broker an investment deal between him and an oil company in Venezuela.

This deal was executed in January, 2003 and matured for termination in January 2005. On maturity, the Japanese Businessman and the oil firm decided to terminate the investment in cash to avoid payment of Investment Tax which amounted to several millions of US Dollars to the American Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

A special arrangement was made between a top Japanese bankers working with Japanese bank in New York, the Oil Company and the businessman to terminate the investment in cash payment under a fictitious name, with an Arrangement to change it later with a power of attorney which they Prepared and handed over to the banker.

I was directly involved, well paid and mandated to organized and carry out the deal. All the cash was withdrawn in June 2009 and transported to EUROPE by direct bank vault delivery to a finance company for Safekeeping pending the collection.

The real content of the boxes was not declared to the storage as it was Delivered as personal family treasure worth US$25M. The certificates for the storage, secret codes for the opening of the Boxes and its keys were all handed over to me. Mr. Takashi the Florida Businessman was planning to go to Europe by August 2005 with me for the collection when the unexpected happened in Hurricane Katrina Mishap, a Natural disaster which claimed his life and that of the top banker.

This left me devastated and confused as I have not yet handed over the Deposit details to the owner and the power of attorney prepared for the Change which was signed was still with the banker in his office which was lost.

Since last December the diplomatic storage manager has been calling me to bring or tell the owner to come over for collection.

Since then, I have been finding any reliable person to collect these Consignments under special and well negotiated arrangement until I came across your details.

Be rest assured that this transaction has been well Organized, 100%
safe,legal, and should be kept very confidential.

Signify your interest by getting back to me as soon as Possible via;


Dr Richard Martins.

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