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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: "Mrs. Nastac Elisabeta Bayarmaa" <>
Date: Sun, 07 Feb 2021 00:49:28 -0800
Subject: REF: LCBQ/EUR/ES200-21


Hello beloved friend, I am Mrs. Nastac Elisabeta Bayarmaa, a senior banker here in Spain, it's my wish to solicit your assistance in investment collaboration/partnership in your country.

I have on my desk an abandoned sum of €15,500,000.00 (Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand Euros) that belongs to a deceased customer who died of COVID-19. I am ready to invest this fund with you in any sector/business that can bring in good turnover at an expected time! also to charity and less privileged.

This will be of great benefit to both of us and I cannot achieve this without your support. Therefore, I need your cooperation to receive this fund after which you will be eligible for 50% of the total amount, while 50% will be mine. There is no risk involved because the deceased did not mention any Next of Kin when the account was opened.

kindly respond for more details information on how we are going to handle this business transaction and please delete if you are not interested.


Mrs. Nastac Elisabeta Bayarmaa
Phone: +34 63132 8613

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