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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: "Spain Bono Loto" <>
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2010 20:44:09 +0200
Subject: From Mrs. Gabriela Maria Jose

Plaza De Colon 28046, Madrid, Spain
YOU'RE REF: OES/3.259839603/05
BATCH NO: 297/81597/LPD.
<EMAIL> Date: 11th Sept, 2010


We are pleased to inform you of the release today the 11th Sept, 2010 the results of the SPAINISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS PROGRAMS held on the 11th June, 2010.

Your email <EMAIL>attached to the ticket number 38569 with serial number 643 drew the lucky numbers 01-35-06-41-07-56 which consequently won this lottery via the 2nd category.

You have therefore been enlisted for a payout totalling €750,000.00 (Seven Hundred And Fifty Thousand Euro Only) credited to FILE/REF. NO: OES/3259839603/05.This is from a total cash prize of €9,468,770:00 (NINE MILLION, FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTY EIGHT THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY EUROS ONLY) Shared among seven international winners from the category I, 2 & 3. CONGRATULATIONS!

Your prize money is now marked for remittance in your name, pending final approval from the European Lottery Guild. Due to mixed up of some vital information, we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and your prize money remitted to your Chosen Bank Account. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claims and unwarranted abuse of this program by participants.

Note: You will be required to obtaining and notarizing a vetting approval from the Spanish High Court of Justice, Madrid Spain before your prize money can be transferred and this process will be done by our accredited claims agent.

All participants were selected through a random ballot system drawn from 250,000 names from Europe, Asia, North America and the Middle East as part of our international promotional program which we conduct every year. We hope that with part of your prize money, you will take part in next year's €1.3 billion international Lottery. The European Lottery Guild guarantees official confirmation of your participation after you have entered.

Furthermore, to file for your claim kindly contact our claims agent, Name: Mr. Williams Carlos
Qualitals Seguros S.A
Madrid, Spain.
Telephone: +34 672 860 226

In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, endeavour to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence with us or your agent. Finally, should there be any change of address do inform your claim agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once again from our management and staff.

Yours in service,
Mrs. Gabriela Maria Jose,

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