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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Jose Antonio Blanco" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 28 Nov 2019 08:12:12 -0800
Subject: Business Proposal.

Alcalá’, 117/28009 Madrid (España) Tel: +34 632 649 977, Fax: +34 910 613 086.
Dear Friend.
Firstly. Let me start by first introducing myself properly to you. It may surprise you by receiving this letter
from me, since there was no previous correspondence between me and you. Meanwhile, my name is Barrister
Jose Antonio Blanco, (Spanish Lawyer and Doctor in Law) a personal Attorney to Late. Mr. Bruce Padore, an
expatriate engineer who has worked with the Mining and Smelting Company (Asturiana de Zinc S.A. Spain).
I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and
top secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried
but, I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day.
My purpose of contacting you is for you to help me to secure his funds deposited with Spanish Bank before
he died, to avoid it being confiscated or declared as unclaimed by the Bank. The fund value is $11,500, 000.00
(Eleven Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars), this money was deposited by my late client before he
passed away, he died by stroke and cancer on the 16th April 2004, and up till today his relatives remained
The Bank has issued me a final notice to contact his relative’s/ the next of kin or else the account will be
declared unserviceable and the fund will be diverted to the Bank treasury. So far all my efforts to get a hold
of some one related to my late client has been in vain. Hence, Since this account is secret and there is no one
left to claim the fund, I am contacting you. I am actually asking for your consent to present you to the Bank
as the Next of Kin/beneficiary of my late client's fund, since you have the same last name, so that the fund
will be released to you as his next of kin. All the legal documents to back up your claim as my client's next of
Kin are with me. All I require is your honest cooperation and absolute confidentiality in order to guarantee
I wish to point out that I want 20% of this money to be shared among the Charity Organizations, while the
remaining 80% is shared equally between us. This transaction is entirely risk free. I will use my position as the
client’s personal attorney to guarantee the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested,
please contact me Tel: +34 632 649 977 Fax: +34 910 613 086. Email: upon your
response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand
more on this transaction.
The intended transaction will be processed under legitimacy,which will protect me and you from any violation
of law.
If you wish to achieve the goal with me, please kindly get back to me with your interest for further
explanations and better understanding. Also be kind to let me know if you are not interested so that I can
further my search to another Citizen that has the same surname with my late client.
Kindest Regards
Bar. Jose Antonio Blanco
Attorney at Law
Divorce, custody and marriage Laws, Corporate and Agreement laws, Incorporation, Rent, eviction, tenancy and Lease Laws, Labor laws, Insurance claim,
Citizenship and immigration Laws, Copyright and Consumer Protection Laws, Wills, Trust, Estates and Intellectual Property Laws, Bank, Finance and Monetary Laws,
Corporate, Private and Business Laws, Recovery, Joint Venture & Mergers, Civil Right Laws, Tax, sales and Custom Laws, Registration of property, Title search,
deeds, mutation relationship, Conveyance. All rights reserved.

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