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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: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 09:19:44 -0700
Subject: You have been informed

Good afternoon,

I am Don Angel Gomez, the Auditor General of La Caixa Bank Madrid Spain. In the course of my audit, I discovered a floating fund in an account opened in 1990 at Cam Bank before the property was purchased by La Caixa Group, I am the auditor assigned to a dead foreigner Mr. Kenny who died in 2004. Every effort to identify a member of his family or next of kin has failed. In my investigation, I have determined that you are one of the next of kin, as you share the same last name. He died without descendants or a will.

My intention is to transfer this sum of 5, 5 million Euros. From the above mentioned account to a secure account. I therefore propose that I register you as a silent partner and that you provide me with an account or open a new account to transfer this money to. For your assistance in this endeavor, I am willing to part with a good percentage of the total fund. In reviewing the records and files of the deceased, I discovered that.
(1) No one had operated this account since 2004
(2) He died without heirs, therefore the money continued to flow.
(3) No other person knows about this account and no beneficiary is registered.
If I do not address this matter as soon as possible, this money will be forfeited and subsequently flow into company funds from which only the directors of my company will benefit. I can legally send you this money if you fill out some necessary permits that are approved in your name, which I will of course help you with.

Please give me an answer to my private e-mail or fax 00 34 917 919 028 so that I can send you detailed information about the modalities of my proposal. I ask you in detail to treat this letter absolutely confidentially. Please send me your telephone number where you can be easily reached. I look forward to your reply as soon as possible. Please reply to me at this e-mail address.

With kind regards
Don angel Gomez
Tel. 00 34 603 386 069

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