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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: "Jurgen Andrea" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 01:24:26 -0700

I'm Jurgen Andrea expert in corporate and legal claims; I'm a partner at Thomson & Associates.
I am contacting you in regards to a deceased client who died in an auto accident on the Madrid Highway in LV [ February 2020 ]  he was a prominent client of mine, He happens to share the same Last Name with you. Before his death, my client deposited [ 8,750.000.00 / Eight Million Seven Hundred & Fifty thousand Euro] at the vault of a financial institution here in Europe, documentations regarding this transaction indicate that claims can only be made by his relative/family member. Unfortunately, he had no will at the time of his death.
All efforts made revealed no link to any of his family members. However, the New EU law of succession/claims / Fund indicates a duration in which such claims could be tolerated. The financial institution has mandated me to present the next of kin or a relative who will claim the funds and Failure to respond to this ultimatum would legally allow the financial institution to report these funds to the Central bank of the EU as Unclaimed funds (Lacle of supersede).
I have put in place all necessary requirements concerning the release of these funds and It is my intention to introduce this opportunity to you as the beneficiary. Please note that I'm legally equipped with all necessary information/documentation concerning this Fund.
Upon your decision of acceptance, I would process the release of these funds to your possession; you would be entitled to 50 % of the said funds and 50 % for me, For security reasons I have decided not to add more information to this letter, but immediately you get in touch with me, I would be able to inform you on how this can be concluded.
For time difference and confidential reasons, I strongly advise that you first contact me via email
Its' been my wish to have an investment outside my country, so this is an opportunity for me to invest my share of these funds in your country.
In conclusion, it's my concem to demand your ultimate honesty, co-operation, and confidentiality to enable us to conclude this transaction. I GUARANTEE that this process would be executed under a legitimate arrangement that would legally protect you from any breach of the European Union Financial Law.
Jurgen Andrea

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