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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: Thu, 02 Aug 2018 18:07:48 +0200

Avd. Juan XIV, 28002 Madrid, Spagna.

Da: la scrivania di vice-presidente.

Attention; Lucky Winner,

N.Lotto:85547 02/08/2018

We are pleased to officially inform you today 02/08/2018 from the Spanish ministry of foreign affairs, about the release of the "Apuestas International Prize Award" held on the 25/07/2018, and the results were released on the 28/07/2018. Your name and email entered as a dependent client with reference number: EU/2284/MAD and the batch number: 85547.

Your ticket number: 317.2 with serial number: 53401-64 drew these lucky numbers: 01-04-09-11-18-28, and 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; 01028/MAD/2018. 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.

All participants were selected through an 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 as part of efforts instituted by the United Nations to help alleviate poverty around the world. We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs ahead.

Your fund is temporary deposited and protected under an 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 representing lawyer who's in position to issue you the payment processing form that you are going to fill and resend back to your representing lawyer in Spain, with which will be used to confirm and determine your identity and subsequently approve your payment by the "APUESTAS INTERNATIONAL MADRID SPAIN" prize winner's information processing center before approval for payment. We recommend that you keep this award strictly away from public awareness until your prize has been processed and your fund remitted to you through any means of your choice as this is part of our security protocols to avoid double claiming.

To claim your fund, quickly Contact your claim's representative, Barrister; Don. Pedro Blanco, the foreign operations Lawyer of BUFETE ABOGADO CALATAYUD, MADRID, SPAIN on Tel:0034-665-442-070, and request for the form to process and claim your prize immediately. Your prize must be claimed before 30/08/2018, after which every unclaimed funds will be returned to the Ministry of Economy and Finance, as unclaimed funds and keep this information away from the public until you have received your money because this is part of the security protocols placed just to avoid unscrupulous elements who might take undue advantage of this program and it might lead to instant cancellation of this prize once there's any form of doubt from our office regarding the claimer.

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 14% (Fourteen percent) of your total winning fund has to paid to BUFETE ABOGADO CALATAYUD, for representing you in Spain, and you will pay the 14% (Fourteen percent) only after you have received your prize money, because the fund is insured in your name and as such, no amount of money can be deducted from it until you have received your money in any designated bank of your choice all over the world.

Congratulations once again on behalf of our staffs.
Franco Hernandez Bernal

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