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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: Mr.Ruben Garcia <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2016 02:13:59 -0700
Subject: NOTICE

>From Mr. Ruben Garcia
Branch Manager: La Caixa Bank

Dear friend,


I am Mr. Ruben Garcia, the Branch Manager of la Caixa Bank Madrid -Spain. I write to seek your consent to carry out a transaction that would be highly beneficial to both of us. I know you may be wondering why I am contacting you for this; however I decided to do this with an unknown person to avoid any form of blackmail in the future. Mr. Richard J. Klares was an account holder with my bank. I was his account officer for 9 years before his death. He was a victim of World Trade Centre bombing in September 11 2001. (See:
As his account officer I am aware that Mr. Richard J. Klares have a secret investment. During the time I was with him He once told me of his domestic challenges, which made him to keep this investment outside the knowledge of his immediate family. However, since his death, the management of my bank has made series of efforts to locate his family but all efforts were proved abortive.

Therefore no one is able to claim the fund he deposited in my bank legally because he has no WILL attached to it. His secret dollar account with my bank presently stands at the sum of $18,200,000.00 (Eighteen Million, Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) with an interest agreement of 2. %, which has been outstanding for 16 years.

My purpose of contacting you now is this:
As my bank has a standing policy of converting funds in dormant account into suspense account of the bank after a certain period of time. This fund will be transferred to the government treasury account before the end of this year. Therefore I want you to come in as the Next of Kin/Beneficiary to this account. All we need is the documents to back up your claim and as the Manager of this branch, I am in possession of all documents relating to this account.

Be informed that it is, 100% risk free as all the titled documents will be changed to your name, and the fund will be wired to any bank account of your choice for our mutual benefit. Please note that I am willing to let you have 40% of the total sum while 60% comes to me when the fund finally gets to your nominated bank account. Also, note that I am willing to go extra mile to make this a success .This is why I am contacting you so that we can join hands together to take care of this transaction within the next 15 working days.
Kindly get back to me immediately, so that I will advice you on how this will be carried out.

Mr. Ruben Garcia

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