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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: Alice Martin <>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 09:30:50 +0000
Subject: From Alice Martin

From  Alice Martin,
My name is Alice Martin.
I am 22 years old  girl an orphan.  My parents have died,  but I have in
a bank here about ($ 10,500,000.00 United States dollars) ten million
five hundred thousand US dollars  which I inherited  from my late loved
father Joseph Martin.

I want to invest the fund in your country with your consent,
co-operation, assistance, advice and help.
Secondly, on your full acceptance to work with me regarding this
purpose, kindly indicate your interest by reply back to me so that I
will furnish you with the necessary information and the details on how
to proceed further. I am ready to offer 20% total amount of the money to
you on the final transfer of the money to your bank account.
Waiting for your urgent response. My private

My best  regards to you and all your family .
I need your guidance.
Alice Martin.

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