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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Danny Lopez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jun 2011 19:29:20 +0200
Subject: Electronic transfer system information

C/ Alcalá, 42 28014 Madrid
TEL: +34 672 568 977
FAX: +34 911 436 836
Our Ref#: BPE/BCL/2011
Your Ref #: WTU/73253

Date: 14/06/2011

Transfer Options for the Immediate Transfer of your Winnings of the Sum of €915, 810.00 (Nine Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Eight Hundred and Ten Euros) with Transfer Identification code: ELPC/MWT/0143.

Attention: Beneficiary,

You are welcome to the Lottery Winners Funds Transfer Unit of Heritage Bank, an affiliate of the Spanish National Lottery International ( We have with us your file stating full details of your award winning information as received from the Spanish National
Lottery claims manager, we have been given instructions by the Lottery Board to Transfer your winnings to you as their registered bank.

We have seen your approved Winning Contact Code and your Ticket Number that shows you are one of the approved winner of the promo award, as we are pleased to give you the information on how you can receive your winning funds without hesitation. Your winnings payment and all the legal documents backing your winnings has been processed and approved for release to you.

Your winnings and all the legal backing documents which have been approved include the following among others;

1. Your winnings international certified bank cheque of the sum of €915, 810.00 Euros.
2. The original copy of your approved winning certificate.
3. The original copy of your endorsed winning clearance certificate.

4. The original copy of the Money Laundering protection and Letter of Affidavit for Claims from the British government stating that the money was obtained legally through the SPANISH NATIONAL ONLINE LOTTERY.

5. The original copy of Clear Source of funds from the Spanish Government (COF)

Kindly note that your winnings deposited with us is not in liquid cash form but is a Certified Bank Cheque of the sum €915,810.00 Euros, this is in compliance with the Anti-Fraud law, section 2, sub section (iv) of the procedural manual of the funds disbursement law by the Spanish Government, which means deductions can not be made on your award.

In line with the release of your winnings to you, according to the SPANISH NATIONAL ONLINE LOTTERY Terms and Conditions for winnings claims, you are now required to come down to the Lottery Winners Funds Transfer Unit at our office Annex to personally collect your winnings on or before the next five (5) working days.

Alternatively, if you feel you cannot come to Madrid to personally collect your winnings due to the high travelling cost involved to travel from your home country to Madrid, you are now required to choose from any of the two transfer options which are listed below the means by which you will want to receive your winnings.

Below are the two options with their associated conditions.

Alternative Option (1) "Courier Check Transfer Option":

In this option, your certified winning cheque along with the legal documents backing your winnings will be delivered to your address within 72 hours; we will use the international licensed SPAIN Parcel Delivery & Courier Services to deliver your winnings parcel to your address.
Note: that in this option, your winning parcel cannot be delivered to P.O.Box addresses or street corners but to your residence because the SPAIN Parcel Delivery officers must have to sight your personal valid identification and other required documentations to confirm your legal identity before they will hand over your winning package to you in person.

Below is the mandatory cost associated with the Courier Check Delivery Option via UK Parcel Delivery that you will have to pay for your winnings parcel to be delivered to you in your home country.

Post Fee----------------------------€50 Euros
Vat Fee-----------------------------€100 Euros
Insurance Fee-----------------------€200 Euros
TOTAL-------------------------------€350.00 Euros

Alternative Option (2) "Bank To Bank Swift Transfer":

This is the direct bank transfer that will enable you to personally make the transfer of your winnings online into any account that you will provide for this financial institution to effect the transfer. This is always done electronically through our e-banking services and it will take 72 hours for your winning funds to reflect in any bank account that you will provide.

Below is the mandatory cost associated with the Bank To Bank Swift Transfer that you will have to pay for your winnings to be transferred into your Nominated account.

Cost of transfer Fee --------------€550 Euros
Vat Fee----------------------------€100 Euros
Insurance Fee----------------------€200 Euros
TOTAL------------------------------€850.00 Euros

Your banking details are required in this option.

Note: The charges for any of the option you choose cannot be deducted from your winnings. This is in accordance with section 13(1) (n) of the National Gambling Act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3RD July 1996 by the constitutional assembly. This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds. So make your preferred option and get back to us.

You are required to respond to this email by making a selection from the above listed options and do send your response to indicate your preferred option within the next 48hrs because you only have 10 working days to claim your winnings and after this period your winnings will be deemed to have been forfeited by you and will be re-used in the next lottery draws.

NOTE: Due to the mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep this winning a top secret from the public E.G friends and family members until your claims has been processed and remitted to you to avoid double crossing and disqualification, this is part of the security protocols (This is very important).

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Danny Lopez
**HERITAGE BANK is incorporated in Madrid with limited liability by HERITAGE TRUST 1853, Reference number ZC 18**.

The Principal Office of the Company is situated in Spain at Virgen de Guadalupe, 1 Villanueva de la Serena, Badajoz 06700 SPAIN HERITAGE BANK is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority under FSA register number: 121882

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