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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: "Martin Rodriguez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Feb 2021 11:50:22 -0800
Subject: Acknowledge the receipt of this email

REF: MS-009-018-Feb-2021
Estate Project.
Acknowledge the receipt of this email.
I'm pleased to confirm if you receive the previous email/letter I sent to you, having the same surname with my client. I want to make sure you received it and hopefully you had a chance, it will work well for you. It is more professional and that you have to be more serious about it with your dearest relative, a contractor and a promoter with an independent business magnate that lived in Europe (Spain) for over a decade and successfully executed a contract worth ($7.4 Million USD) in construction and operation of projects contracts with the government.
I got your contact through international municipal pages, while searching for any possible (Relative) or Last Name to him. Prior to my late client death; my client successfully executed a contract worth $7.4 Million dollars in projects. The government is fully paying all foreign contractors who have successfully executed their contracts and my client is among those to benefit in this payment schedule, which has already been deposited with his bank. As the Attorney/Solicitor present during the registry of the contract by my late client, the bank has officially notified and instructed me to present the heir/heiress to make claims of the outstanding deposit, which has been recorded.
All during advent, I decided to contact you. I will like to present you as the family member (Sole Beneficiary) to the financial institute (Bank). You are having a common Last Name with him as my client next of kin. I would like to assure you that I am proposing this project to you with the best of my intention. All I require from you is your honest co-operation; I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. Upon successful conclusion of this project, once the deposit is released to you, we shall disburse the content in the ratio of 50% /50% for me respectively as our benefit ($ 3.7M each).
Our work is subject to the attorney-client, we offer a comprehensive privilege and protection as attorney-client and as applicable to us as attorneys. I want you to follow up regarding the email I sent to you. My Phone Number: 011 (34) 603-129-931. Kindly reply strictly to my Email: : You can also give me a call for effective communication and oral clarification on how to proceed next.
*Your Printed Name: ----------------------
*Telephone Number: -----------------------
Respectfully yours,
+ (34) 603-129-931
Martin Rodriguez Galiano
Senior Associate (Advocate)
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