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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: "Simona Fionda®" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2018 06:58:26 -0700
Subject: #Good day

Good day to you,

My name is Simona Fionda, I was the Head Operational Risk at METRO BANK also responsible for the private management of some high profile clients including trusts, charities and pension funds, I am contacting you about Ivan one dead customer of my former bank who invested eight million two hundred thousand pounds (8,200,000,00) with METRO BANK.

In the process of reviewing our financial report by my department, I discovered this information which was hidden by the bank directors since he died.

I found out that you have the same last name with Ivan which is the reason I am contacting you.I have all the original documents with me which I am willing to give to you to assist is in getting this money from the greedy bank directors who want to seize this money all because Ivan is late and no known family member to come forward for the claim since he died with his wife and daughters in an auto crash in 2011.

I am prepared to share this money 50/50 with you if you are willing to assist me.I will advise for safety and security reasons we keep this very CONFIDENTIAL because of the amount of money involved.

Kindly get back to me as soon as possible if you are willing to proceed.Also send me a contact number to reach you on.

I will wait for your response before I know how to proceed.


Simona Fionda

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