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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: <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 7 Aug 2016 21:19:00 +0200
Subject: Confidential!


PLAZA DE COLON 5, Blk9 E-28830


Attn: Lucky Winner

Your name and your e-mail address included in the lottery coupon, luckly appeared to the winning numbers in the last draw and have won the EuroMillones Google Online Award Spain 2016, through random electronically selected by Spanish Lottery Board

You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payout of € 935,470.00 (NINE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED AND SEVENTY EUROS ONLY)

Note: Your winning file REFERENCE Nº: PER/215/ 0018

Contact DR, PABLO MATINS (Claims Agent) the Foreign Affairs manager of

MAPFRE SEGUROS S.A. Tel +34-602-689-369, Email:

Hurry up to begin your claim with the Claims Agent and he is required to provide your details mentioned below

in order to open up your claim's file in your name and process your claim for immediate payment with the Spanish bank

(1) Full Name

(2)Full Address

(3) Date of Birth

(4) Occupation

(5) Tel Nº

(6) Ref Nº

Congratulation once again.

Thank you,

Madam, Julia Gomez

Vice President

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