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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: Rev Carlos Martinez <>
Reply-To: Rev Carlos Martinez <>
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2014 14:45:37 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your Bank Draft Is Ready

CARLOS ENGINEERING COMPANY,No. 280 Kent AvenueRandburg,Johannesburg.
Dear Friend,
I am Rev. Carlos Martinez from France, I have been an internationalcontractor that collects contract from Big Companies and countries, I gotinvolved in one contract in South Africa which my payment was refused, I wasdown and almost lose hope.
After 2 years of this contract, I later talked to God to assist me ingetting this money. I made a vow to benefit someone with the sum of Twomillion United State Dollars  USD $2.000,000  draft payment if my paymentcould be approved and to my surprise I was called upon by the South AfricaGovernment sometimes last month that my contract file have been looked intoand it is ready for payment.I never believed it until I was advised by myPastor and later moved down to South Africa and to my unbelievable surpriseI was paid this money.
Due to my pledge to God I have agreed to show the person that i will besending the Two Million United State Dollars  USD $2.000,000 through ballotsystem on the internet which happened to be your email so you are lucky.What you have to do now is to get in touch with my secretary Mr MichealWilliams and instruct him on how to send your USD $2.000,000 Bank draft toyou.
Mr Micheal WilliamsE-mail address: smichealwilliams0@gmail.comPhone: +27742744154
Send to my secretary your contact address and telephone number,let him makearrangement for the shipment of your draft to your doorstep and also you cangive him a call to confirm your address.What I want you to believe now isthat this is the opportunity which God have promised you this year so it isbetter you have it in time before it goes again from you so contact mysecretary in time.And for your information presently i am in the Qatar foranother contract so i want you to go into prayer with me for the success ofthis contract.
With Best Regards,Rev.Carlos Martinez

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