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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: "Miss. Emilia D?az.i" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Feb 2019 08:52:54 +0000

Attention Please Read Carefully.

My name is Miss. Emilia D?az The branch manager of Bankia, Salamanca branch. Bankia is a Spanish bank that was formed in December 2010.

I am Argentine by birth, 39yrs of age, Single mother with two children, I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us.
As the branch manager of Bankia Salamanca branch, it is my duty to send financial reports to my head office in the capital city of Spain.

On the course of the last year 2018 end of the year's report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager, made Ten million
three hundred thousand Euros (?10,300,000.00), of which my head office is not aware and will never be aware of it.
I have since then PLACED this fund in an ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT without a beneficiary.

As the branch manager of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this Money thus, I am impelled to request for your assistance to
receive this money into your bank account. I intend to part 50% of this fund to you while 50% shall be saved on my behalf.

I assure you that there is no risk involved in this Business. It is going to be a Bank-to-Bank transfer or Online transfer. All I need from you is to stand in as the original depositor of this fund. If you accept this offer, I will put your name as the beneficiary to back up the claim on your behalf, I will appreciate your timely response.

I need your information so that i can fill it in as the end beneficiary of this said funds.

1. Your Address:..................
2. Your Phone/Fax:....................
3. Your Present Country:................

As soon as you send your details to me as requested above, I shall fill the fund release order form on your behalf and submit it to the appropriate office concerned for the transfer verification exercise,

Once they approve the funds on your name, It will only take 24 hours, The transfer will be completed, Please don't be afraid, If this will cost us trouble, I wont involve my self in it, I was the one that keep the money and No body knows about it, You are the first person, I have ever informed about this, Help me and help your self, Both of us will be rich if you agree to help me receive this fund, I look forward to hear from you soon, If you are interested.

Best Regards,
Miss. Emilia D?az.
Manager Bankia, Salamanca Branch Spain.

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