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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: "Francisco J.Mendez" <>
Date: Mon, 17 Oct 2022 16:33:37 -0700

Ref. Number: AKMBAG-77182-ESP Date: 10/10/2022
Batch Number: EU-1776-20-22

We hereby announce to you the result of the Draw of the European Union International Lottery Jackpot held Office in Madrid-Spain. Your name attached to Ticket Number: B5690 38910268 255 with Serial number 72136/2022 drew the Winning: 4/13/21/27/36/38-45, which subsequently won you the Prize Money in the 3rd Category of this Lottery Program selected through a Computer Ballot System. Your name has therefore beenapproved to claim a total sum of Nine Hundred And Thirty Five Thousand, Four Hundred And Seventy Euros(€935, 470.00) credited to file No: EU/9030108308/22. This is from a total cash prize of Twenty five milliontwo hundred and fifty seven thousand six hundred and ninety euros (€25, 257,690,00) shared among the first27 lucky Winners in this category.

The program was designed and promoted by Euro-Millions Europe in conjunction with major Companies andInternational Lottery Promoters. This has been the biggest ever played in the World which aimed at changingthe lives of millions of people drawn from the European Database/Chamber of Commerce and Tourism. Wehope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year Five Hundred Million Euros Lottery Jackpotwhich details will be announced soon. To encourage our Company to continue this kind gesture andCustomer’s Privacy, this information must be kept away from public to avoid unnecessary abuse of this nobleprogram or fraudulent acts from criminally minded and unauthorized individuals. To begin your claims,contact Mr. DON LORENZO PEREZ; the Director. Int’l Remittance Division of CatalunyaCaixa Bank Spain,Tel. Nr.: +34692-950-666, E-mail: for the processing andremittance of your prize money. Remember to quote your reference number in all correspondence(s)

Finally all Prize Money must be claimed not later than 29th -11- 2022. After this date, the entire Prize Moneywill be returned to the EUROPEAN UNION as excess/unclaimed funds. Furthermore should there be anychange of your personal details or address, do inform the accredited officer as soon as possible

Note: Ten Percent of your prize money must be paid to UNICEF to support their Humanitarian Works anderadication of abject poverty across the Globe. Below is the payment processing form which you shouldcomplete and return to the Paying Bank by E-mail or Fax Number where your prize money has beendeposited. E-mail: Nr.: +34692-950-666. Congratulations fromthe members of staff and thank you for being part of our program

YOUR FULL NAME:________________
FULL ADDRESS:______________________________________________________________
RESIDENT ADDRESS ONLY):_______________________________________________________________________________
Winning Numbers:______________________________________________ Ref.Number:________________________________SEX:_________________________________________________________AGE:______________________________________________________________________EMAIL:_________________________________________________________________________ AMOUNT WON __________________________________________CONTACT

FAX NR:______________________________________________________________OCCUPATION__________________

COUNTRY :_________________________________________________________

BANK NAME:_______________________________________________________

ACCOUNT NAME:______________________________________________________
BANK ADDRESS:___________________________________________________________________________________________

IBAN NR:______________________________________________________________________SWIFT

Sincerely yours

Mr. Francisco J.Mendez

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