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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Edu Romano Gomez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <gomezeduromano@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 23 Oct 2018 07:59:22 +0200
Subject: Kindly indicate your interest

Attn: Sir/Madam,
 
I am Edu Romano Gomez; the Chief Executive Officer of a renowned consultancy firm here in Spain. I was contracted to audit the accounting section of some firms in Spain. This audit is in line with government policies and account reconciliation became necessary following the current European Economic crisis which Spain happens to be one of the severely affected within the Euro Zone.
 
During my audits, I discovered a dormant account due to inactivity. The said account has been dormant for over a decade as the initial account holder is now demised. Against this backdrop, I decided to contact you in order to confirm your familiarity with the deceased client? From our preliminary findings, you shared same last name with suspicious of common heritage
 
The floating fund in the dormant account amounts to the tune of Nine Million Three Hundred Thousand Euro (9,300 000:00). I know you may not be anyway related to the deceased but having a common Last name with him will ameliorate this deal and the modalities I would be applying; I can guarantee that if you follow my instructions the deposit will be release to us.
 
Kindly indicate your response to this email via my private email address or to my fax number below and owing to the sensitivity of this situation, I urge you to keep this proposal with utmost confidentiality pending our discussion.
 
Thanks for your time and expecting your response.
 
Private Email- eduromanogomez@gmail.com
 
Tel/Fax: +34917919189
 
Sincerely,
 
Mr. Edu Romano Gomez

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