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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: <>
Date: Tue, 09 Apr 2019 11:34:45 +0200




Dear Sir / Madam,

Before i continue, I must first apologize for this unsolicited email to yo=
u. I realize that this is certainly not a conventional approach to establis=
h a relationship of trust, but you will realize the need of my action. Abov=
e all let me introduce myself, my name is Lawyer, Lucas Santiago, am a Span=
ish and an attorney in CALATAYUD CHAMBERS, MADRID, SPAIN. Indeed; I got you=
r contact information through the consulate while looking for a similar nam=
e to my late client, an expatriate engineer who has worked with the enginee=
ring company of "Construction & Civil Engineering Company" (Mota-Engil) her=
e in Spain for thirteen years.

He died with his family in a car accident, which occurred Sunday, June 20,=
2010. Before his death, he has deposited a total sum of 13,500, 000, 00 Eu=
ro (Thirteen million, five hundred thousand Euros.) with a bank here in Spa=
in. The bank sent me a notice to provide the next of kin or more of a paren=
t to my client or the bank account will be declared void and the money dive=
rted to the treasury of the bank as unclaimed funds. So far, all my efforts=
to get hold of someone related to my client were fruitless. =


In this context, I want to introduce you to the Bank as a close relative /=
beneficiary of the fund as my late client next of kin, since both of you s=
hare the same last name, in this way, the Fund will be transferred to you w=
ith me using my position as his lawyer, I'll put your name as the next of k=
in of my client, i shall also provide any relevant document that will help =
your claims and facilitate the release of fund. All it takes and requires i=
s a honest cooperation to enable us to achieve this transaction successfull=

Note: This operation is 100% risk free!! There's no atom of risk in it, i =
will use my position as an advocate of the customer, to ensure the proper e=
xecution of the operation. Once the money is transferred to your account, w=
e will share it in the proportion of 55% for me, 45% for you. =


If you are interested, reply me with your phone number via my office E-mai= and you can call me on Tel:0034-605-056-784. The=
proposed transaction will be executed under a legitimate program that will=
protect you and me against any violation of the law. However, if this busi=
ness proposal offends your moral ethics, do accept my sincere apology but =
If on the contrary you wish to achieve this goal with me, kindly get back t=
o me with your interest for further explanations.

Meanwhile I request on your return mail, kindly re-send me the following i=
nformation: =

1. Your Name in Full: =

2. Your Address: =

3. Your Occupation: =

4. Your Nationality: =

5. Your City =

6. Your Telephone =

7. Mobile number: =

8. Your Age:
9. Your Gender: =


Best regards,
Lawyer, Lucas Santiago

Calle Fernandez de la Hoz 78,
28003 Madrid. Spain.
Tel: +34 605-056-784 =




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