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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:

Date: Thu, 2 Jun 2022 03:43:42 -0700

Dear Friend

How are you today

I am Barr. DR JOHN BOLTON ( Lawyer and Doctor in Law) based in Spain.
My Client is an English and a Businessman that operated in Madrid and
worldwide died from Corona-virus (COVID –19) after being infected on
the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship. My late client had no immediate
family and died intestate (without will). Being his only Attorney
before his demise, I have some privileged Information and facts about
my late client.

I must solicit your confidence in this transaction, this is by virtue
of its nature as being utterly confidential and top secret. Though I
know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one
apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well
at the end of the day.

My purpose of contacting you is for you to help me to secure his funds
deposited with Spanish Bank before he died, to avoid it being
confiscated or declared as unclaimed by the Bank. The fund value is
€11,500, 000.00 (Eleven Million, Five Hundred Thousand Euros), this
money was deposited by my late client before his death and up till
today his relatives remained unknown.

All relevant documents and information as regards to the cash deposit
is in my possession as we speak therefore I guarantee the success of
this transaction in all legal definitions. As his attorney I have
contacted the bank for the claim of the fund and the Bank has issued
me a notice to contact the next of kin or the account will be declared
unserviceable and the fund will be retired by the state (Ayuntamiento
de Madrid). This type of incident is not new, there are many people
who try to evade taxes in their country of origin by depositing their
money in a foreign secret accounts but I never knew my late client had
one until his accidental death and the eventual disclosure from my
contact in the bank. Since this account is secret and there is no one
left to claim the fund I am contacting you.

I am actually asking for your consent to present you to the Bank as
the Next of Kin/beneficiary of my late client’s fund, so that the fund
will be released to you as his next of kin. All the legal documents to
back up your claim as my client’s next of Kin are with me. All I
require is your honest cooperation and absolute confidentiality in
order to guarantee success.

I wish to point out that I want 20% of this money to be shared among
the Charity Organizations, while the remaining is shared equally
between us. This transaction is entirely risk free. I will use my
position as the client’s personal attorney to guarantee the successful
execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please contact
me Tel: +34 602 503 384, Email: upon
your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant
documents that will help you understand more on this transaction.

The intended transaction will be processed under legitimacy, which
will protect me and you from any violation of law. If you wish to
achieve the goal with me, please kindly get back to me with your
interest for further explanations and better understanding. Also be
kind to let me know if you are not interested so that I can further my
search .

Kindest Regards

C/ Juan Flórez, 8 – 6ª planta. 15004 – A Coruña (España)
Tel: +34 602 503 384
Dr / Barrister. DR. JOHM BOLTON.
Attorney at Law.

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