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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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Fraud email example:

From: PATRICK HERRERA <banco3333@iol.pt>
Date: Fri, 01 Jan 1988 04:09:09 +0100
Subject: THIS IS A LEGIT TRANSACTION


MR PATRICK HERRERA
CALLE ORTEGA 303,
28004,MADRID - SPAIN.

Dear Sir/Madam
I write to solicit your assistance in the transfer of
$5,500.000.00 usdollars.This fund is the excess of what my branch in which I
am the manager made as profit during the last year. I have already submitted
an approved end of the Year report for the year 2004 to my Head Office here
in Spain and they will never know of this excess. I have since then, placed
this amount of $5,500.000.00 usdollars on a SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without a
beneficiary. As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to
this money thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this
money into any account of your choice.I intend to part 40% of this fund to
you while 60% shall be for me.
This It's going to be a bank-to-bank transfer. All I need from you is to
stand as the original depositor of this fund.If you accept this offer,I will
appreciate your timely response.Kindly furnish me with your full details,in
order to proceed immediately on the transfer of the funds.


1,FULL NAME:
2,CONTACT PHONE NUMBER:
3,FAX NUMBER:
4,EMAIL:

Inorder to proceed on the transfer,you will also need to agree with me that
you will definitely assigned my percentage to me as soon as you receive the
payment in your account.I will also like you to acknowledge the fact that
you are not required to make any expences in this transaction.You can get
intorch with me through the below information.


NAME: MR PATRICK HERRERA
TELL: +34- 6 99- 022- 457
EMAIL:patrickherrera33@iol.pt

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