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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: "Graham & Harmiton Shops" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Feb 2017 18:05:12 +0100
Subject: Dear we need your attention

My name is Davis P. Gomez, an attorney with Navarro Abogados Y Notarios. Before I proceed, I must first make an apology for this unsolicited letter to you. I am conscious that this is certainly not a conventional way of approach to foster a relationship of trust but I had to contact you through this medium because of the circumstances and urgency surrounding this claim. Actually, I got your contact information through your country's public records while searching for a last name similar to my late client Mr. Antony, a business magnate who lived in Spain for Thirty years, she died along with her family in a car accident along Madrid express road, which occurred on Monday 2nd August 2010.

Before her death, she deposited the sum of $4.8M (Four Million, Eight Hundred Thousand Dollars Only) with a finance house here in Spain. The finance house has mandated me to present any family heir/inheritor for claim before the fund gets confiscated as an unclaimed fund. So I decided to search for any of my late client's relative which has been very difficult for me, as she did not declare any other person, address, partner or relatives in the official paper works of her deposit.

Against this backdrop, my suggestion to you is that I will like you to stand as the next of kin to Mr. Antony, since you both share the same last name so that the fund will be released to you. With my position as her lawyer, I will prepare every legal document that will assist your claim, and facilitate the release of the fund to you.

Note that this transaction is 100% risk free and legal. There is no atom of risk in connection to this business as I have worked out all modalities to complete the transaction successfully. Once the fund is released to you, we shall share it in the ratio of 50% for me, 40% for you as your benefit and 10% for any expenses involved in the process of this transaction. Kindly response to us at address: Please kindly get back to me even if you are not willing to collaborate with me, to avoid loosing the opportunity.

Kind Regards
Davis P. Gomez

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