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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: "JUAN A.GARACIA." <la-primitiva@whipmail.com>
Reply-To: manuel.fernandez65@yahoo.es
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 15:11:39 +0200
Subject: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION


FROM THE MANAGING DIRECTOR
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRICE AWARD DEPT: CALLE APUESTA S/N LOCAL 129 Madrid,26-03-2007,
28085, Madrid, Spain.

www.loteria.com
RE: AWARD WINNING NOTIFICATION
Sir,

We are pleased to inform you today the 20TH of March 2007 of the results of THE LA PRIMITIVA CIRCULO LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS PROGRAMME held on 2rd of March 2007 Your name is attached to a Ticket no: 99805-01 Batch no: 02-0527 Ref no:125-06039612-113 Winning no: 18-28-38-44-47-48 (45-6) Which consequently won the lottery in the (1st) category. CONGRATULATION!!!
Your winning amount is(€1,016,614.92 Euros)Equivalent to ($1,332,004.12 USD) One Million Three hundred and Thirty two Thousand ,Four US Dollars and Twelve cents only in cash , This is from the total cash prize of Euros €14,652,045.10 Fourteen million Six hundred and Fifty Two thousand ,Forty Five Euros ten cents. shared among the Eleven international winners in this category.
To be paid through one of the following payment options
(A) BANK TRANSFER (B) CASH PICK UP (C) CHEQUE/BANK DRAFT
Your winning amount is deposited with the paying bank insured in your name to it’s real value for security reasons and will be Approved for payment by the elGORDO LOTERIA BOARD after your data’s verification, Notarised and legalised in the Court at the Ministry of Justice here in Spain. This is in accordance with the new Spanish/elGORDO Lottery Act of 2005.
YOUR AGENT BOUGHT THE TICKET IN YOUR NAME FOR THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME FOR CITIZENS OF USA, CANADA, GREAT BRITAIN AND THE MIDDLE EAST.
Due to mixed up of names we urge you to keep this award CONFIDENTIAL until your claim has been processed and your cash remitted to your desired OPTION OF PAYMENT as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unscrupulous acts by non participants taking advantage of this programme. We hope, with part of your prize, you will take part in our 06TH of January 2008 high stake of €700,000,000.00 lottery.
For processing and remittance of your prize money to a designated account of your choice kindly contact your claim agent : SR: MANUEL FERNANDEZ
Foreign operation Manager ,TOPKLINK FINANCIAL SL, SPAIN.
Tel:+34-677715512 EXT:209 ,E-mail- toplink@madrid.com
Remember that all prize money must be claimed or filed for claim not later than 20.00hr 20TH of March 2007,after this date all unclaimed winning amount will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed. be informed that 10% (ten percent) of your winning fund belongs to TOPLINK FINANCIAL S.L. for they bought this ticket in your name. This will be remitted after you have received your winnings because the fund was insured in your name. The lottery winning receipt ticket and the lottery coupon Played by your agent are with them you can request for a copy for your confirmation as the Original copy remains with your agent for the processing of your payment. The attached payment verification form is to be completed and send to the TOPLINK FINANCIAL SL with a valid photo page of your ID for Identification and verification to e-mail attachment to toplink@madrid.com or manuel.fernandez65@yahoo.es
Congratulations once again and thank you for taking part in our international promotions Programme.

Sincerely


JUAN A. GARACIA.
PROMOTIONS DIRECTOR.

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