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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: Mr Harrison Ray Martin <"harrisonmartin.">
Reply-To: Mr Harrison Ray Martin <>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2017 00:50:01 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Did you get my first email?

Good day.

Please I sincerely apologise if this email violates your privacy. I have to do this because it is extremely important and a life time opportunity that cannot be missed.

One Mr Abelardo Cuellar who won huge amount in our recent draw is seriously sick and was told that he has few weeks to live so his wife and only daughter became so devastated that they told us that they are no more interested in the money claiming that the man’s life is all that matters to them not money.

I write to ask if you can agree to receive it and we will share. As the claims manager I can handle this perfectly without any hassles.

l explain more when I get your reply.



Mr Harrison Ray Martin

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