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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: "Alexander " <>
Date: Wed, 9 Oct 2019 20:16:26 +0300
Subject: We nee your response urgently

TEL\Fax: +34 93 220 5465
REF NO: EJk /2551256004/19
BATCH NO: 010/50013ALSP

Attn: Beneficiary
We are pleased to inform you of the release of the results of our ES.INTERNATIONAL WEB PROMOTION PROGRAM. held on the 15TH OF AUGUST 2019.Due to mix up of numbers and addresses, the result were released on the 04TH OF OCTOBER 2019. Your E-MAIL Address was luckily attached to ticket number 90622089237-067 with serial number 169-470 drew lucky numbers 9-24-06-18-05-26, which consequently won our website lottery program in the 2nd category. You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of €1,000,000:00 (ONE MILLION EUROS ONLY). CONGRATULATION!!!!!!!!!!!
Your fund is now deposited with a security company and insured with your Email address. We ask that you keep this award out from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your nominated account, as this is a part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000 Email Addresses from America, Asia, Africa, Europe, Canada and New Zealand as part of our international web promotion program.
To start your claim, please contact your claims agent DON MARTIN JOSE Foreign service manager (ALLIANZ SEGUROS SA) Tel: +34 632 577 591, Email: Note: The deadline for this notice is the 24TH OF OCTOBER 2019. Non-compliance within this time period may result in disqualification and insured prize returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed winning funds.
For all necessary verifications and to avoid impersonation of vital information’s above, please fills the payment processing form below and retunes it to your claims agent to this email:
Congratulations once again.
*Beneficiary Full name: --------------------
*Website: ---------------------------------
*Email Address: --------------------------
*Tel: ------------------------------------
*Nationality: -----------------------------
*Sex: -------------------------------------
*Occupation: ------------------------------
*REF NO-----------------------------------
*BATCH NO---------------------------------
*Age: ------------------------------------
*AMOUNT WON: ------------------------------
*Mode of Payment: -------------------------
Sincerely yours,

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