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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: "Apuestas de Estado" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2018 01:59:42 +0200
Subject: Reference No: MD/100/ESP

From the Office of the Vice President
'El Gordo International' International Awards Department
Reference N0:MD/100/ESP
BATCH N0: 80076 / TICKETNš:317.2                                                                                                                                                    
Attention; Mr. / Mrs
                                                                                                                              FINAL AWARD NOTIFICATION
We wish to inform you today, 25th June 2018, of the release for the ELGORDO INTERNATIONAL AWARD PROGRAM, held on the 17th of June, 2018, the results were released on the 21st of June 2018. Your name and email  was entered as a dependent client with reference number: EU/100/ESP. And the ba
Your winning attached to ticket number: 317.2 with serial number: 53401-64 drew the lucky winning numbers: 05-08-10-13-14-22. This subsequently won the lottery in the third category. You have therefore been approved for a winning payment of  Euros 19, 600000.00, (NINETEEN MILLION, SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND EUROS ONLY) in cash credited to file claims number: 2212/20914/2017. This is from a total cash prize of Euros 215
All participants were selected through a computer email ballot system drawn from 31,000000 (Thirty one million), names from, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, South and North America as part of our International promotions program which we conduct once every year. We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs ahead.
Your fund is now deposited with the lotto board approved bank in Spain and it's protected with insurance bond policy coverage in your name. Due to irregular practices of some unscrupulous elements, we recommend that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and your funds remitted to you through any means of your choice as this is part of our security measures to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of the situation by other participants.
To begin your lottery claim, please contact your claims assistance  lawyer in Spain, Advocate Pedro Blanco, Foreign operations Manager BUFETE ABOGADO CALATAYUD TEL:+34-665-442-070, FAX:+34-919-010525,  and your prize must be claimed not later than 23rd  July  2018, after this date, every unclaimed funds will be returned to the SPANISH MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed funds.
NOTE: Due to security reasons of unjustified abuse of this program (double claimants), we have decided to retain the payment processing form, until you have contacted your agent and your identity is confirmed by the office of 'El Gordo International' winner's information verification department, and In order to avoid unnecessary delays, if there is or will be any change of address or complications, you should inform your agent as soon as possible. You will pay your agent 5% of the total prize money won, as the commission after which you have received your money in your designated bank account.
The original copy of your ticket remains with your agent.
(El Vice-presidente)

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