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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: "European Investment Bank" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2020 17:24:56 -0700
Subject: Dear Greetings

Dear Sir/Madam

My name is Neil Cortez, I am the Director of Private Banking/a personal Accountant at European Investment Bank in Barcelona-Spain.

It is with good spirit of heart i opened up this great opportunity to you a deceased client of mine that shares almost the same name as yours died as a result of heart-related condition on march 2005.His heart condition was due to the death of the members of his family in the tsunami disaster on the 26 December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia during their vacation where they all lost their lives..{More info :}

There is a draft account opened in my bank in 1999 by a long-time client our bank,a national of your country.he was a Ceo/a textile company owner,business man,a miner.he was a geologist and consultant to several other mining conglomerates operating in Sub-Saharan Africa,Europe,Asia,before he passed away on 12th march 2005 leaving nobody as the next of kin of his account after his death.

The amount in this account is currently US$28.300.000,00{Twenty-Eight Million, Three Hundred Thousand United State Dollars}I want to present you as his next of kin and beneficary,I will use my position and influence in our bank to make them release this money to you for us to share.If i wait for few days i did not hear from you,I shall look for another person.

Kindly get back to me for more details.

Yours sincerely

Mr.Neil Cortez
Director of Private Banking/personal Accountant.
European Investment Bank

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