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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: "Mrs. Maria Nastac Alonso" <>
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2021 07:26:57 -0800
Subject: Re: 14/12/2021


Mi nombre es Sra. Maria Nastac Alonso, trabajo con LA CAIXA BANK ESPAÑA, tengo una transacción comercial importante que discutir con usted sobre nuestro cliente fallecido que falleció sin un PARIENTE PRÓXIMO en su archivo de cuenta, por favor, si está interesado, vuelva a ¡Para obtener información detallada!

Descarte este mensaje si no está interesado, si tiene alguna razón para rechazar este proyecto, destruya este mensaje.


Sra. Maria Nastac Alonso
Teléfono: +34 63132 8613



My name is Mrs. Maria Nastac Alonso, i work with LA CAIXA BANK ESPAÑA, I have Important business transaction to Discuss with you concerning our late customer who Died without a NEXT OF KIN in his account file, Please if you are interested get back to me for full details information!

Please discard this message if you are not interested, if you have any reason to reject this project, please destroy this message.


Mrs. Maria Nastac Alonso
Phone: +34 63132 8613

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