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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2018 09:48:01 +0200
Subject: Ref:EU/10018/ESP

Avd. Juan XIV, 28002 Madrid, Spagna.

From the vice president's desk.
Unclaimed Award Approval Department

Attén: Beneficiary
This is to officially inform you today 25/06/2018 from the Spanish ministry of foreign affairs, about the release of the "Apuestas International" held on the 21/06/2018, and the results were released on the 22/06/2018. Your name and reference number was entered as a dependent client with reference number: EU/10018/ESP and the batch number: 80076,

Your ticket number: 317.2 with serial number: 53401-64 drew the lucky numbers: 05-08-10-13-14-22. This subsequently won the lottery in the 1st category. You have therefore been approved for a lump payment of (Euros 19, 600,000.00 NINETEEN MILLION, SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND, EUROS ONLY) credited to file claim number; 2212/20914/2017. This is from a total cash prize of Euros 210, 000,000.00 (TWO HUNDRED AND TEN MILLION EUROS ONLY) shared among eleven international winners in the same category. Congratulations!!!!!!!

All participants were selected through a computer email ballot system drawn from 31,000,000 (Thirty one million), names from, Asia, Europe, South and North America as part of our International promotions program which we do conduct once every year. We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs ahead.

Your fund is temporary deposited and protected with insurance bond policy coverage on your behalf in a Spanish bank in Spain but due to irregular practices of some unscrupulous elements, we have decided to retain the payment processing form until you contact your claim's agent who's in position to issue you the payment processing form under their chamber's name which will be used to confirm and determine your identity by the MINISTRY OF HACIENDA MADRID SPAIN, before approval for payment. We recommend that you keep this award strictly from public notice until your prize 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.

Contact your claim's representative lawyer; Don Pedro Blanco, the foreign operations Manager of BUFETE ABOGADO CALATAYUD, Madrid, Spain on Tel:0034-665-442-070, Fax:0034-919-010-525. Email: to process and claim your prize immediately. Your prize must be claimed before 27/07/2018, after which every unclaimed funds will be returned to the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Treasury department as unclaimed fund.

Also be informed that the original copy of this letter remains with your claim lawyer in Spain which will be remitted to you once your prize has been processed and 5% (Five percent) of your total winning fund has to paid to BUFETE ABOGADO CALATAYUD, for representing you in Spain, and you will pay them the 5% (Five percent) only after you have received your prize money, because the prize fund is secured and insured in your name only as the sole beneficiary.

Congratulations once again on behalf of ourstaffs.

Vice president.
Mariana Lamia Karla

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