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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: Rafael Jorge Lazaro <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2019 16:19:17 -0700
Subject: Go ahead. pleased to meet you

Hello Dear
I am confirming if you receive the previous email, which i sent last to you. I want to make sure you received it and hopefully you had a chance to look it over, It will work well for you.It's more professional and that you have to be more serious about it,with your dearest relative that lived in Europe for over a decade.I got your contact through your country WebPages, while searching for any possible (Relative) or Last Name to him.
My Names are Rafael Jorge Lazaro a legal representative, personal Attorney to an expatriate building contractor, promoter with an independent business magnate that lived in Europe.I want you to follow up regarding the email I sent to you. My number is Ph: 011 (34) 632-85-6061.
Reply strictly to my personnel Email:
With your personal Telephone for effective communication and oral clarification on how to proceed next.
Your Printed Name: ----------------------
Telephone Number: -----------------------
Respectfully yours,
Rafael Jorge Lazaro |(CSC)
Certified, Senior Consultant
+ (34) 632-85-6061

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