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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: Info service <>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 16:45:26 +0500
Subject: Mark A. Haller

I am pleased to introduce myself, I am Felix Mañez Esq, a partner at Mañez & Mañez Abogados a Spanish based Law Firm and also a personal attorney to Late Mr. Michael a national of your country.
There is an unclaimed “permanent life insurance policy” insured for Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars (US$ 7,500,000.00) with a top Life Insurance Company in Spain. The policy holder was one of our clients, Late Eng. Michael Haller, who worked with Energy Company in London, he died in an accident , Seven years ago. Since his death no one has come forward for the claim and all our efforts to locate his relatives have proved unsuccessful. The insurance company code stipulates that “insured permanent policies" not claimed must be turned over to the abandoned property division of the state after six years.
Therefore, I ask for your consent to be in partnership with me for the claim of this policy benefit, in view of the fact that you share the same last name and nationality with the deceased. If you permit me to add your name to the policy, all proceeds will be processed on your behalf. I wish to point out that I want 10% of this money to be shared among charity organizations while the remaining 90% will be shared between us.
This is 100% risk free, I do have all necessary documentation to expedite the process in a highly professional and confidential manner. I will provide all the relevant documents to substantiate your claim as the beneficiary. This claim requires a high level of confidentiality and it may take up to thirty (30) business days, from the date of receipt of your consent.a
Please contact me either via: Email:, Tel: +34 631672530.
Your earliest response to this matter would be highly appreciated.
Your faithfully, Felix Mañez, Esq./ Barrister at law.

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