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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: "Frau, Julia Gomez" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 3 Jun 2016 02:33:38 -0700

PLAZA DE CASTRE, 20 E-28830,
Tel: +34-698-238-766
Email :

Attn: Lucky Winner,


This is to inform you on the release of the EUROMILLONES LOTTERY PROGRAM held on the 27th of May 2016. Due to mix up of some numbers and emails, the results were released on the 30th of May 2016.
Your email attached to ticket number 214-1781-501 with serial number 7216-05 drew the lucky numbers of 26—37-61-79-63-45 which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of €1,810.000.00 (ONE MILLION EIGHT HUNDRED AND TEN THOUSAND EUROS ONLY),

Your fund is now on a security deposited with a bank and insured with your email serial number 7216-05. Due to mix up of some numbers and emails , we ask that you keep this award from public notice until your claim has been processed and money remitted to your account as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants.

To begin your lottery claim, please contact your claims agent Dr, Pablo Sanchez the Foreign operations manager of REAL SEGUROS S. A. On Tel: +34-603-255-976, Email : realseguros@mailcom, For the processing and remittance of your winning prize money to a designation of your choice.

Remember, all price money must be claimed not later than, 30th June, 2016. After this date all funds will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed. And also be informed that 5 % of your Lottery Winning belongs to REAL SEGUROS S. A. Because they are your claims agent. This 5 % will be remitted after you have received your winnings because the money is insured.

To begin your claim with the agent requires your details mentioned below

Name ______________________________Address ___________________________

Date of Birth ___________________________ Occupation ______________________

Telephone Nº ______________________ Email serial Nº ______________________

Congratulation once again.

Thank you.
Madam, Julia Gomez

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