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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 Cole" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:57:19 +0100
Subject: Payment Notification

This is to inform you that we have been following your transaction as regards receipt of your long over due funds and all necessary arrangement have been put in place to ensure you receive your funds in your Country. This is upon your ability to adhere strictly to our lay down directives to avoid any form of complication or hindrance.

You will be availed of the workable procedures as soon as a return email is received from you.We have only 7 banking days to finalize this transaction with you and if you are communicating with any other office/persons i will advise you to stop and comply with my instructions now that i am fully in charge if you really want to get this fund.Kindly send your full names,mobile number,age and occupation for final approvals also you must keep every details in regards to this transaction confidential for a smooth successful conclusion and to avoid any mistake during conclusion.

Martins Cole
Global financial monitoring
organ (G.F.M.O)

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