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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: "Captain Oliver Martinez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Aug 2019 20:26:52 +0100

Good Day Sir,
I am sorry to encroach into your privacy in this manner, I found you listed in the Trade Center Chambers of Commerce directory
here in Iraq, I find it pleasurable to offer you my partnership in business. I only pray at this time that your address is still valid.
I want to solicit your attention to receive money on my behalf.
I am Captain Oliver Martinez, an officer in the US Army, and also a West Point Graduate presently serving in the Military
with the 82nd Air Borne Division Peace keeping force in Baghdad, Iraq.
I am on the move to Afghanistan from Iraq as the last batchjust left, and i really need your help in assisting me with thesafe
keeping of two military trunk boxes which has just arrived the USA from the Iraq. I hope you can be trusted? Kindly view this
news blogbelow for some info
If you can be trusted will explain further when I get a response from you. Please ensure to reply me Immediately if
you want to help me. re[ly direct to this email id :
1. Full Name
2. Address
3. Occupation
4. Age
4; your telephone
5; A scan copy of your identification.
Pls i need your response immediately
God Bless America.
Captain Oliver Martinez

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