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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: "Milano MI, Italy" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2020 00:57:18 +0100
Subject: Info

Piazza Belgioioso,10, 20121
Milano MI, Italy
Tel/Fax: +393512842679

I am Giovanni Francesco Luini, a member of the Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners Counsel (Q.C.) and private attorney to Sir. Lorenzo Emiliano (deceased). I have been his attorney and legal adviser for more than a decade, until his death two weeks ago. Sir. Lorenzo Emiliano was 86 years old when he died of coronavirus. Before retiring from active duties, he was a successful business tycoon and olive-oil merchant. His health condition lingered on for many few days and became critical as age told on him. He had no biological child and due to these reason he has decided to willed his entire estate to his family and Money worth over €70,000, 000.00 (seventy Million Euros) to individual and companies However, he did not declare all his assets intentionally, leaving behind €15,000, 000.00 (fifteen Million Euros) which is a confidential information between himself and my chamber. Before his date he placed his will and documents under the jurisdictions of my chambers, and with th
e documents we have here
*You must issue this chamber the progress report of the investment on quarterly bases, that is, every three months.
*Every developmental plan of the investment most be forwarded to this chamber for preview before execution.
*You are to administrate, manage and head the investment while our duty is to supervise and make sure that the investment is up and doing.
*We will send delegates to inspect the investment after this Covid-19 after the funds have been transferred to you and two months later for assessment.As these measure was set aside by the deceased to ensure all beneficiaries and making the right investment and management of the fund received by them.
If you have read these conditions and have agreed to them, then we can proceed to the transfer of fund proper. This will involve me processing some legal documents and affidavit to seal our contract and affidavit that will back up the transfer of the funds. Then the transfer of the funds can be made to your bank account through
BANK WIRE TRANSFER. Also, please send me a scanned copy of your current identity card or international passport, for proper identification.
Note: From this stage, all correspondence should be sent to my Emailbox:

Yours faithfully,

Giovanni Francesco Luini (Q.C.) & Partners
Piazza Belgioioso,10, 20121
Milano MI, Italy
Tel/Fax: +393512842679
Studio legale Partita IVA 01535691008
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