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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: "Franco" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2011 00:59:49 +0100
Subject: Seeking Your Due Consent.

Good day,

Firstly, I apologize for sending you this sensitive information via E-mail.

In my banking department i discovered an abandoned sum of 13,000,000.00 EUR (Thirteen Million Euros Only) in an account
that belongs to one of our Foreign customers who unfortunately lost his life with his entire family on his way to the
Airport of Madrid.

Since we got information about his death, we have been expecting his next of kin or relatives to come over and claim
his funds because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as Next of kin or relation
to the deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.

I want you to come in as the Next Of Kin, all needed cooperation to make the claims will be given to you by me.
If you are interested kindly let me have the below informations and I will give you more details.

1. Full name
2: Your private telephone and Fax numbers.
3. Occupations and Nationality.
4. Date of Birth
5, Present Location

I am offering 45% of the total sum to you as my partner.

We will discuss much in details when I receive your response. Direct your reply to my private emaill:

Thanks and good luck to us.

Best regards,

Mr José Francisco Domínguez Franco

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