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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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Fraud email example:

From: Martin Hudson <>
Date: Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15:17:56 -0500
Subject: Attention the owner of this email???


I am Mr.Martin Hudson one of The fund manager of The Mercantile
Investment Trust plc.a group of JP Morgan INVESTMENT INTERNATIONAL. I
handle all
Investors within my management portfolio Direct Capital Funds (there
investment funds).

As a routine every investor gets the percentage profit or dividend
from the total cash he or she invested into the company annually..
Last year
it was announced that the profit margin was 18.9% after calculating
carefully I found out that the profit margin was 20.1% that is an excess
of 1.2% on each investor so I secretly extracted 1.2% Excess Maximum
Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum on each of the Investor's
Marginal Capital Fund and created a separate account where the total
sum of the extraction was kept As an expert, the account has a valued
$35,800,000.00.pounds (Thirty Five Million, Eight Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars)

I am looking for someone who I can trust to stand as an Investor to
receive the fund as Annual Investment Proceeds from The Mercantile
Investment Trust plc. All documents to back up will be made available
to you . Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and
technicalities whereby the
funds can be claimed in any of our 6 Clearing Houses without any
hitches. Our sharing ratio will be 50-50. If you are interested, let
me know.

Martin Hudson.

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