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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: Wed, 28 Feb 2018 14:53:19 -0600
Subject: Prof, Cani Philip/CONFIDENTIAL

Inter Lotto Europe / Euro Million Lotto Bono Program
Office Plaza Juan Carlos C-14541, Madrid Spain
International Vice President
Reference: Emy / 654560010 / Uc

Attention: Lucky winner !!!

We are pleased to inform you that today the outcome of the Euro Million Bono Inter lotto Online Draw Program on 25 Feb 2018 in cooperation with the World Tourism Organization and the Spanish Ministry of Tourism.

The official result was released today, 26 Feb 2018
Your e-mail address associated with the next ticket number U214, 442, 002
with serial number U2113-09 and pulled the lucky numbers: U18 24-28 - 33-37 - 45
and this was the winning numbers in the 3rd catagory of the draw

Therefore, you are the lucky winner of a cash prize of € 935,470.00 (NINE HUNDRED AND THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND FOUR AND SEVENTY EUROS) which is part of the total cash amount of € 25,257,690,00
This sum is divided among 25 participants who have won in the 3rd catogory in this draw. All participants where selected by a computer ballot system consisting of 450,000 names and emails composed and from various countries around the World in Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, North and South America. They where all joined in our international promotional online draw held once per year.

Your winning amount is been deposited with our paying bank and insured in your name for security purposes
To avoid complications, we advice that you keep this notification with details in private and safe until you finish making claim and have the money remmited to your account.
As we tried to avoid unwarranted people who might wanted to take advantage of a prize money against any rightful beneficiary. To begin your claims contact the authorized claim agent on telephone or email to the office with the reguested details stated below

Contact office immediately
Mafre company Seguro SA, Madrid Spain
Dr. Pablo Matins
Tel: +34 658 434 508
Fax: +34 911 881 416

All monetary awards to be claimed for 25 March 2018 thereafter it will be declared unclaimed and return to the Ministry of Hacienda Spain. You are also aware that 5% of your winning prize money will be paid to MAPFRE SEGURO COMPANY SA , this is their commission for running the payment process on your behalf, 5% only you will pay to the company after you have received the prize money in your designated bank account of your choice
Below is your details which you must provide to your claim agent for immediate payment

1: Last Name -------------------- -------------------------- -----

2: Birth Date ----------------------------------------------- --------------

3: Gender--------------------------------------------------------

4: Address ---------------------------------------------------------------------

5: Occupation ----------------------------------------------- --------------------

6: Nationality ----------------------------------------------- ----------

7: Telephone ----------------------------------------------- ---------

8: Mobile Phone ----------------------------------------------- -----

9: E-Mail --------------------------------------------- ---------------------

Congratulations once again on behalf of our staff and thank you for been part of our international promotional program.

Yours sincerely,

Prof Maria Cani Philip
(vice president)
Inter Lotto Euro Million Bono Program

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