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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: "Emmanuel Okiki" <>
Date: 3 Jul 2019 23:17:43 -0700


Attn:- Stake Winner

We are delighted to inform you of the MEGA LOTTERY PICKER 2016 DRAW held on June/22/2019; Due to mix up of names and numbers the results were released on June/28/2019. Your name attached to ticket number: 01890419 with serial number: 9912 drew lucky numbers: 4-13-21-27-36-38 with bonus ball 45 which consequently won in the 3rd category, you have therefore been approved the winner for a lump sum pay out of One Million Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United State Dollars ($1,850,000.00) Congratulations! Note: All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from Over 40,000,000, people worldwide.

The program was designed and promoted by EU with collaboration of US Government and some other international lottery institutes that include EUROMILLONES DRAW etc. to promote the recent EU game in Minsk 2019. This has been one of the biggest ever played in the world which aimed at changing the lives of millions of people. To enable us proceed with your claims, your fund is now deposited with a security company here in Spain and was insured in your name for security reason. Due to false practices, this information must be kept away from the public to avoid unwarranted abuse of the program or fraudulent claims by unauthorized person(s)

To begin your claims, contact the Foreign Service Manager/Remittance officer of PROSEGUR SEGUROS 

Mr. Emmanuel Okiki


We are open from Monday to Friday 9AM to 10PM, Saturday 9AM TO 6PM (GMT) for the processing and remittance of your Winnings. Remember to quote your reference number in all correspondence. And also be informed that 5% of your Winning belongs to Vigour Seguros, because they are the promotion company.

Finally all winning must be claimed not later than August/10/2019 After this date, the entire Fund will be returned to the Ministry of Economy as unclaimed funds. Furthermore should there be any change of your personal details or address, do inform your claims agent as soon as possible.

Congratulations once again.


Warm regards,


Mr. Emmanuel Okiki

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