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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: "Mr Parker Iniesta" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 9 Jan 2011 14:02:06 +0100
Subject: Happyy New Year & Seeking Your Due Consent.




Good Day,

With due esteem respect, I seek your indulgence to this unsolicited nature, this is coming on the decision reached on the ugly incident which occurred on that faithful day. So, with this i am contacting you, to introduce myself.

I am Mr. Parker L.Iniesta, I used to be a personal accountant to a late customer of our bank who was also a nationalal of your country, who used to work with Capresa -Calibrados de Precision SA{CCDP} a Steel Company here in Spain, herein shall be referred as a very close client.

On the 11th of March 2004 at about 0639 Gmt, our late customer, and his entire family including his wife and 2 children, were all involved in a ghastly Train Terrorist Attack Bomb blast along Atocha Train Center here in Madrid, that got 191 people killed, and 1,800 seriously injured, unfortunately, him and his family were among victims that lost their lives.(non-traceable victims)
You can view this sad incident on the below web page for more information:


Ever since, I have been waiting on the verdict, that was recently passed upon these miserable perpetrators who are said to be believed are the masterminds of this horrible act.

On my part i have then been making serious and intensive effort to locate my customer extended relatives, whereby i came across the name in one of the many form filled by the deceased, as the possible NEXT OF KIN, hoping this would proof positive and successful, so as to act fast on the CLAIMS.

I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by the deceased, before they get liquidated or declared un-serviceable by the bank where this deposits are lodged in, particularly with BANCO UNICAJA, with the deceased account valued precisely to be €5,546,810.10 (Five Million five hundred and forty six thousand eight hundred and ten Euros)..

After the verdict has be reach and passed, the Bank then issued a notice, informing that, the NEXT OF KIN should come forth for their CLAIMS or have the account liquidated within the next twenty one (21) official working days.

Consequently, my proposal is that, I will like you to stand in as the rightful Next of Kin, so that the fruits of this man's labour will not get into the hands of some group of corrupt government officials who will get rid of the money and share it for their own selfish interest and greed.

I seek your prompt consent to present you as the NEXT OF KIN to the deceased since the last name corresponds or might be your descendant, so that the proceeds of this account valued at €5,546, 810..10M can be paid to you, whereby you at your discretion looks into an agreed ratio that is due to me accordingly.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through.. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Looking forward to your swift reply..

Truly yours,

Mr. Parker L. Iniesta.

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