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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: "Santiago Diego Nicholas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2017 02:28:47 -0000

Dearest Beloved in Christ,

Peace of the Lord be with you and family, I am Mr. Santiago Diego
Nicholas a Spanish national based in United Kingdom, I have ($25M)
twenty five Million
united states dollars with a finance House in United State. I will
want you to help me collect this deposit and dispatch it to charity
organizations. You will take out
30% of these funds for your assistance to help ME disburse this fund
to charities. I will like you to acknowledge the receipt of this
e-mail as soon as possible
and treats with absolute confidentiality and sincerity.

Please write me through my private email:

Yours Sincerely,

Santiago Diego Nicholas
#5 Catherine Pa, Westminster,
London SW1E 6DY, UK

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