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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:

Date: Sat, 16 Apr 2016 02:57:34 +0200

Dear sir / madam,

Please, kindly attend to this mail in good faith. I do not mean any disrespect by approaching you
through this medium; it is due to the urgency of the matter. I am Barrister Jaime Navarro,
a Spanish and A personal attorney to Late Mr. Benjamine , A businessman who died on
Spanair Flight 5022 plane crash on 20 August 2008 . He died with out a Will leaving no one as
his next of kin to lay claim to his money deposited in the Bank valued € 12, 500,000 Euros,
( Twelve Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros) Please get in touch with me immediately
via Email: . Upon your response, I shall then provide you with
more details that will help you understand this transaction well.
Have a nice day as am expecting your call via: Tel: 0034603175682 and
your feedback soon via Email:

Kindest Regards
Barrister Jaime Navarro
Tel: +34603175682

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