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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: "SPANISH LOTTERY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2017 04:48:09 -0700
Subject: WINNERS ALART-121.82

International Lotto Promotion Commission

BATCH NUMBER:100000488

We are pleased to inform you today of the release of SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM held on the first quarter 2017.

Your email attached to ticket number 002-77-888428-045-1334 drew the luck numbers 09-13-17-29-33-41 that consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.You have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of $1,816,900.00 (One Million, Eight Hundred And Sixten Thousand,Nine Hundered United States Dollars Only) in cash credited to file ref number EG/0084/5170024.

This is from a total cash prize of $25,750,966.00 (Twenty five million, Seven hundred and fifty thousand, nine hundred and sixty six united states dollars only) shared among international winners in this second quarter promotion. Your fund is now deposited with a finance company insured in your favour.

Note that your claim and batch number are the key to your fund, keep it confidential until your claim has been processed and fund remitted to your account as this is part of our protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking of advantage of this program by participants.

All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from 25,000.000 email address from Europe America Africa and Asia as part of our international promotion program that we conduct quarterly every year.

We hope with part of your prize, you will take part in our next high stake USD 1.3 billion international lottery program.

To begin this claim, contact your claim agent ATTN:OSCAR GARCIA GONZALEZ, Foreign Service Manager UNION EXCEL SECURITIES S A on Tel:+34 602 583 128 for processing and remittance of your money to a designated account of your choice.

Remember all prize money must be claimed not later than 21 working days from the date of receipt of your reply, after this date all funds will be returned to the Ministerio De Economia Y Hacienda as unclaimed.

In order to avoid unnecessary delay and complications, please remember to quote your Reference and Batch numbers in every of your correspondence with your agent.

Congratulation once again and thank you for being part of our promotion program.

Yours Sincerely,

Ms Anna Aguirre

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