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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: sejas martinez <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 13:32:20 +0000
Subject: From Sejas Martinez to you NEXT OF KIN please urgent

Hello Dear,

I am a Rechtsanwaeltin here in Spain and I need your Assistance with repatriation of $ 13.5 million , deposited by a Customers who died with his entire family here in Spain.

All effort to find members of his family were unsuccessful, so am contacting you base on this to stand as the next of kin, I give you more information on your response to this Suggestion. Send me email; so I can explain you in details.

Best Regards,
Sejas Martinez

Sent from Outlook<>

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