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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: "Juan Pedro (Chairman)" <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 11:34:28 -0700
Subject: Contract Fund Credit From Banco Caja Bank Spain

Banco Caja Madrid Spain
Address: Avenida de la Albufera 111,
28038 Madrid Spain.

Contract Fund Credit From Banco Caja Bank Spain

Attention: Valued Fund Beneficiary,

This is to officially notify you personally that we received a credit
instruction from the Federal Government of Nigeria and Central Bank of
Nigeria to credit your account with your full inheritance fund valued
US$10.5million from the Nigerian Foreign Reserve Account with our Bank
Banco Caja Madrid Spain.

However, what we require from you is your full Contact and Banking details where
you want your fund to be transferred.

1. Name:
2. Address:
3. Phone:
4. Mobile:
5. Fax No.:
6. Email:

A. Bank Name:
B. Bank Address:
C. Account Number:
D. Routing Number:
E. Swift Code:
F. Account Name:

To this effect, Be informed that transfer will commence immediately to
your Bank Account Details as soon as we hear from you with your
Contact and Baking Details.

Oncemore, Banco Caja Spain will not hesitate to credit your Bank
Account within 24hours in accordance with Fund Release Order

Your immediate response is highly imperative to enable us commence transfer.

Congratulation in advance

Best regards,
Juan Pedro (Chairman)
Banco Caja Bank Madrid Spain

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