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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: "BARRISTER ANTONIO LUCAS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 2 Apr 2013 03:29:01 +1000

C/Mote lion 37, 1-B 28010,
Madrid, SPAIN.
Tel: +34 676-540 370

Re: Regarding MY CLIENT,

I crave your indulgence for the unsolicited nature of this letter, but it was borne out of desperation and current development here in my chamber. Please bear with me.
I am Attorney ANTONIO LUCAS, a solicitor at law here in Madrid, SPAIN. I was The Personal Attorney to late MR. GRAF MAMFRED a national of your country who owned a steel plant here in Spain. He shall hereinafter be referred to as my ´Client`.

On the 11th of March 2004, my client, his Wife and their 2 Children were involved in the Madrid train bomb attack, along Atocha train center. 190 occupants of the train unfortunately lost their lives. For more details, follow the link below:

I know that my client had no living NEXT OF KIN but I went ahead and made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my Clients extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful. I only did so to be double sure of this fact. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet, hence I contacted you.
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the security company where this deposits were lodged, particularly in a SECURITY COMPANY here in Madrid, Spain where my client deposited the fund valued of about US$15.8 million (Fifteen Million Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars). This fund will be confiscated after NINE years if not claimed and shall be taken over as since there is no Next of Kin to claim the fund.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 8 years and some months now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since He is from you country and I will inform the security company that you are the beneficiary of the consignment/ fund with the documents of proof to back you up. So that the proceeds of this account valued at US$15.8 million Dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money.
I have all necessary legal Documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest disposition and sincere co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law as long as you treat it confidential to yourself since actually you may or may not be the Next of kin to my late client because he did not mention you to me as his relative.


TEL NO:+34-676-540-370

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