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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: martins weise <>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 14:11:10 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Confidential Investment Inquiry

Mr Martins Weise
Contact +27730798929

Dear Sir/Madam

 I'm Mr Martins Weise a financial consultant based in Cape Town South Africa. I have a client (a widow) she is the wife of the Late President Of Ghana Dr.John Atta Mills, who suddenly died on the 24th July, 2012 and she is now residing in South Africa and she has Funds here (USDM35, 000,000.00) Thirty Five Million United States Dollars with a Private Equity Investment Trust Company which her husband deposited to the security company here for safe keeping only.

She wishes to invest in a stable economy outside Africa and her interest is in companies with potentials for rapid growth in long terms. My client is interested in placing part of her funds into your company or private businesses, if your country's bi-laws allow foreign Investors/investment. You can contact me for more details via my mobile Phone or e-mail with your reference.

Note: The fund is free from drug and laundering related offenses.
Yours faithfully,
Mr Martins Weise

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