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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: Mon, 1 Jul 2019 03:37:36 -0700

Dear Beneficiary,

Final notification for the payment of the unclaimed prize money

We would like to inform you that Agencia tributaria office of Unclaimed fund Department of the Security and Exchange Commission here in Spain has appointed our law firm to act as legal advisor, in processing and paying-out of your unclaim prize money which was credited in your name associated to email id, that has not be claimed for over three years now, has been released and ready for payout.

This unclaim prize money, later got invested in the capital market and managed by an investment company since over three years (2015). The capital together with the profit from investment as accrued till date is (€6,998,880.40) Six Million Nine Hundred and Ninety Eight Thousand Eight Hundred and Eighty Euros Forty Cent. The original sum of (€ 915,810.00) Nine Hundred and Fifteen Thousand Eight Hundred and Ten Euros was awarded to you after a coupon which your name was attached to emerged with the winning reference number : 897.H70ES/15ESP, the coupons were bought by an airline company, who in order to enhance their chance of winning collect and bet on names from around the world. Soon after your names emerged as a winner, a letter of notification was sent to you, but you did not complete the process of claiming the fund. The money was therefore released to the Aceite de Oliva investment company Associated with International Lotto Investing Bank, which invested it in profitable stocks for an initial period of

We would like to point out that the lottery company will review and confirm your identity with the beneficiary name before this money is paid out to you. We will at this point advise you on how to file claims on the above prize money and for more information please, contact our English speaking lawyer Ruiz Jose Pablo ; Tel: +34 672516401; Fax: 34 910613082, Email:, he is responsible for withdrawals/foreign claim and represent your interest over here in this matter/claim. The claim should be made before the 26-08-2019, otherwise the prize money will be re-invested. We would be pleased to hear from you while we assure you of our legal assistance. Please fill-out the below section and email or fax it back to our office so that we will be able to initiate the legalization process.

That money will be paid out to you by the International Lotto Investing Bank. The review process by our law firm is free of charge for you. Our costs are paid by the Agencia Tributaria at the end of the process. If you do not submit the required information before the deadline, the law firm Jose Pablo Abogados and Partners can not be held responsible. A letter of confirmation will be sent to you by fax or e-mail when the check has been carried out. The information you provide us will be forwarded to the investing bank for payment, your data will be kept strictly confidential under the European Union Data Protection Law.

Yours sincerely,

RUIZ Jose Pablo.

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