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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: "JUAN ALBERTO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <mapfresegurosS.L@europe.com>
Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2019 19:50:41 +0100
Subject: Reply

FROM: THE DESK OF THE VICE PRESIDENT
INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT                            
REFERENCE FILE N: JYCH 100- 0I34-13                                                                                                            
SECURITY FILE N: ESP/2017/9866/ EUR               
                                                                                                                                                                  & nbsp; Date: 8-03-2019&nbs
ATTENTION:  BENEFICIARY,   
                                                            WINNING NOTIFICATION
We are so pleased to inform you  the beneficiary about the results of the EURO MILLION LOTTERY PROGRAM  held on the 28th of DECEMBER  2018 and released on  the 20T  of FEBUARY 2019 Your name was entered as an alternative number attached to Reference file Number: JYCH 100- 0I34-13 with Security file Number: ESP/2017/9866/ EUR consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump sum payment of 985,950.000 (NINE HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY EUROS ONLY) in cash credited to file .This is from a total cash prize of 35,500,000.00 ( THIRTY FIVE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS ONLY ) shared among the international winners in their respective categories . CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Your fund is now deposited with our accredited BANK  insured in your name .Therefore no deduction whatsoever is permitted to be made from your  fund which has been  insured in your name to the original value  to avoid any unexpected situation ,  You are expected to report to the board if this is breached . Due to false practices, we ask that you keep this your award information strictly away from public notice until your claim has been processed and money remitted to you, as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted Abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals. All participants were selected from a computer balloting system drawn from 45,000 names from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East, Europe, South and North America, 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 claims , please contact your agent- Don :Owen Paul ,Foreign Operations Manager, MAPFRE SEGUROS S.L. on TEL+34 631 061 191, FAX: +34 911 982 616.  mapfresegurosS.L@europe.com for the processing and remittance of your prize winning fund to a designated bank account of your choice Remember, all prize winnings must be claimed not later than on the 29th of MARCH 2019. After this date unclaimed winning funds will be returned back to the Spanish MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed fund, and late entry penalty requirements must be met before late entry claims can be considered. Be informed that 5% of your lottery winning belongs to MAPFRE SEGUROS S.L because they are the promotion company that bought your ticket and played the lottery on your name, this 5% will be paid to them only after you have received your winning prize.   NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your Re ference and Security File
DON JUAN ALBERTO
DIRECTOR: AWARD DEPT.        
 
 
 
 
                                                AVD GRAN VIA 56 28016 BARCELONA ESPANA
  FILL THIS FORM AND EMAIL BACK TO MAPFRE SEGUROS S.L via Email , mapfresegurosS.L@europe.com TEL +34 631 061 191.
 
NAME: ---------------------------DATE OF BIRTH: -------------------PLACE OF BIRTH: --------------------
 
TELEPHONE: -------------------------------------- MOBILE: ------------------------------------------ FAX: ---------------------------------- AMOUNT WON: ------------------------
ADDRESS: ---------------------------POSTAL / ZIP CODE: ------------------------------ E-MAIL:--------------------------------------------------------
 
CITY: ------------------------------- STATE: ------------------------------- OCCUPATION: --------------------------------NATIONALITY: ----------------------------- -----------------
  
REFERENCE FILE N:----------------------------------------------------- SECURITY FILE N:------------------------------------------ SEX: ------------------------------
 
              PAYMENT OPTIONS: a/ BANK TRANSFER                     b/ CERTIFIED CHEQUE                    c/ HOME   DELIVERY
 
                 Bank Information (ONLY IF YOU WANT TO BE PAID BY BANK TRANSFER)
 
BANK NAME:------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
        
ACCOUNT NUMBER / IBAN: ----------------------------------------------- SWIFT CODE: -----------------------------------  
  
BANK ADDRESS: ------------------------------------STATE: -------------------POSTAL/ZIP CODE: -------------------------
 

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