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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: "Paul H. Martins" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:02:27 +0100
Subject: Re: Reply urgently


I wish to inform you that this letter is not a hoax mail and I urge
you to treat it serious. We want to transfer to overseas account
($38,000.000.00 USD) Thirty Eight Million United States Dollars) from
Our Bank here in London. I want to ask you,If you are not capable to
handle it please quietly look for a reliable and honest person who
will be capable and fit to provide either an existing bank account or
to set up a new Bank a/c immediately to receive this money, even an
empty a/c can serve to receive this money, as long as you will remain
honest to me till the end for this important business trusting in you
and believing in God that you will never let me down either now or in
the future.

I am Dr. Paul H. Martins, presently promoted to Auditor General in
one of the banks here in London. During the course of our auditing
last week,I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in the
bank in 2000 and since 2011 nobody has operated on this account again,
after going through some old files in the records I discovered that
the owner of the account died without a [Heir/WILL] hence the money is
floating and if I do not remit this money out urgently it will be
forfeited for nothing.

The owner of this account is an American and a great industrialist
and a resident of Alaska State, who unfortunately lost his life in the
plane, crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which crashed on January 31
2000, including his wife and only daughter leaving nobody to claim the
money. No other person knows about this account or any thing
concerning it, the account has no other beneficiary and my
investigation proved to me as well that the account is a secret

The total amount involved is Thirty million United States Dollars
only [$30,000.000.00] and we wish to transfer this money into a safe
foreigners account abroad. But I don't know any foreigner; I am only
contacting you as a foreigner because this money cannot be approved to
a local person here, but to a foreigner who has information about the
account, which I shall give to you upon your positive response.

I am revealing this to you with believe in God that you will never
let me down in this business, you are the first and the only person
that I am contacting for this business, so please reply urgently so
that I will inform you the next step to take urgently. I need your
strong assurance that you will never let me down,and the key bank
official who is deeply involved with me in this business. I guarantee
you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law the bank
official will destroy all documents of the transaction immediately you
receive this money leaving no trace to any place. I will use my
position and influence to obtain all legal approvals for onward
transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance from
the relevant ministries and foreign exchange departments.

At the conclusion of this business, you will be given 30% of the
total amount, 70% will be for us I and the bank officials. I look
forward to hearing from you as soon as possible if you are
interested,as well on replying send me your account details with your
private phone number together with your International Passport or
Drivers Lincens to enable me send an application to the bank on your
behalf,Bellow is the information you have to send if you
are interested in this deal.

A]. Bank Name.....................
B]. Bank Address (including Phone & fax numbers)............
C]. Swift Code............
D]. Your Account Number............
E]. Your Account Name ..............................
F]. Your Address (including Phone & fax numbers)..............
G]. Your occupation...................
H]. Your scanned international passport or drivers license for proper

Thank you for your time and attention.


Dr. Paul H. Martins.

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