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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: "2016 International ABC Program LOTERIA NAVIDAD" (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 7 Feb 2016 15:24:22 +0100

Dirección: C.C. GRAN VIA II, GRAN VIA 75-97 L- 8A PT ALTA


RE:AWARDWINNING NOTIFICATIONThis is to inform you about the release of the December 22nd,2015 International ABC Program LOTERIA NAVIDAD. Your Name attached to Pin Code: 11-784949 and ticket number:79140 with the serial number: 5102506011 which drew, and won in the 1st category . Therefore, a lump sum payout of € 4,000,000 (Four Million Euros) in cash and was shared among (5) five Lucky winner with the same Lucky Ticket number and is credited to REF:MNR/ 099 / 14; And each winner was awarded with the cash prize of € 800,000.00 (Eight Hundred Thousand Euros) shared among the international winners in the 1ST category. CONGRATULATIONS!!!
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from (ONE MILLION) names from Asia, America, Africa, Europe, and South Pacific, as part of our International promotion program. We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs ahead.
To begin your lottery claim, Contact your foreign claims agent David Sanchez of ABC International Lottery Spain,
Tel: +34-631-334-133, Fax: +34-911-820-328, Email: were you shall be advised on the process and the remittance of your winning fund, on the provision specified by you. Do not forget that all winning prices must be claim before 22nd.March,2016. After this date, the money is sent back to the BANCO CENTRAL DE ESPAÑA( CENTRAL BANK OF SPAIN) as unclaimed fund.
NOTE: For further information about your winning, log onto our website:: To View the allocated winning to the TICKET NUMBER: 79140 . You are expected to type in your ticket number into the box where its written Comprueba tu número then click BUSCAR . Enclosed is the processing form. You are advice to fill out the form with CAPITAL LETTER and forward it either by E-mail on or send to the fax number + Fax: +34-911-820-328 Congratulations once again

Don.Escribano L Jose Luis
(Vice President International Prize Department)

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