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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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Fraud email example:

From: "EU PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2021 09:37:38 -0700
Subject: Congratulations from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our program

EURO MILLIONES SPANISH LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL PROMOTIONS/PRIZE AWARD DEPT Calle Capitan Haya n 53, 28020 Madrid, Spain. REFERENCE N: YMOB/ 76058/171/MPL BATCH N: EGS/1983-022 /11/MD ATTENTION, BENEFICIARY, FINAL NOTIFICATION We are happy to inform you of this years release of the SECOND EUROMILLION SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROGRAM, held on the 5th March, 2021. Due to the mix up of addresses and names, the results were later released on the 13th April, 2021. Your Name and address was entered as an alternative number attached to Reference Number: YMOB/76058/171MPL with, Batch number: EGS/1983-022/11MD drew the lucky numbers 4-22-60, which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved a lump sum payment of Euros 1,285,000.00 (ONE MILLION TWO HUNDRED AND EIGHTY FIVE THOUSAND, EUROS ONLY) in cash credited to file REF.NO: YMOB/76058/171MPL. This is from a total cash prize of 8,995,000.00 (EIGHT MILLION NINE HUNDRED AND NINETY FIVE THOUSAND EUROS ONLY) shared among the (seven international winners in this category). CONGRATULATIONS!!! Your fund is now deposited with a bank and insured in your name. Due to false practices, we ask that you keep your award information strictly from public notice until your claim has been processed and money remitted to your possession as this is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted abuse of this program by unscrupulous individuals. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from (Six Million) Names and Addresses from Asia, America, Africa, Europe and south Pacific as part of our Yearly International promotion program. We hope your lucky name will draw a bigger cash prize in the subsequent programs ahead. To begin your lottery claims, please contact your agent, PEREZ TORRES , THE FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER, BILBAO SEGUROS S.L. ON TEL N: +34 602 396 598 . Email. for the processing and remittance of your prize winning money to a designated bank account choice of yours. Remember, all prize money must be claimed not later than 24TH May, 2021. Any claim, not made before this date will be returned to the MINISTERIO DE ECONOMIA Y HACIENDA as unclaimed fund. And also be informed that 10% of your Winning belongs to (BILBAO SEGUROS S.L) because they are the promotion company that bought your ticket and played the lottery on your name, this ten percent will be paid only after you have received your awarded prize (money) in your designated bank account of your choice, Three (3) certificates are to be issued to you by the Local Government Tax Authority, Federal Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Interior, to back up your winning. NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your reference and batch numbers in every correspondence with your agent company. Furthermore, should there be any change of address, do inform your claims agent company as soon as possible. Complete the form below and fax or mail back to Email. Copy of your identification ( Passport, driving license or any utility bill that bears your name REF.NO :_______________BATCHNO____________ NATIONALITY________________________________ FIRST NAME_____________SURNAME___________ DATE OF BIRTH: _____________________________ OCCUPATION:___________EMAIL______________ ADDRESS: __________________________________ TELEPHONE :_____________MOBIL:_____________ BANK INFORMATION IS NEEDED ONLY IF YOU CHOOSE TO BE PAID BY BANK TRANSFER PAYMENT OPTION: (A)CERTIFIED CHEQUE (B) BANK TRANSFER BANK NAME:____________________________________ ACCOUNT NAME:_________________________________ ACCOUNT NO:___________.SWIFTCODE:____________ BANK ADDRESS:_________________________________ Congratulations from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our program. Sincerely Maria Carmen Mundo Seguros S.l is a Government-licensed Lottery Service Agency, which has been marketing National Lotteries to overseas subscribers for over 23 years. Acting as agents on behalf of Lottery players around the world, Mundo Seguros S.L makes it possible.

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