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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: Otto Hendrich Brasser<>
Reply-To: Otto Hendrich Brasser <>
Date: 30 Oct 2022 03:53:11 -0700

Date: 29/07/2022
Ref Number: EGS/1983022/22/JOZ 

Batch Number: AA/0999/171MPL


We are happy to inform you of this year’s release of the SECOND EUROMILLION SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY NEW YEAR PROGRAM, held on the 21st September, 2022. Due to the mix up of numbers and names, the results were later released on the 29th September , 2022. Your name was entered as an alternative number attached to Reference Number: AA/0999/171MPL with, Batch number: EGS/1603-022/22/JOZ drew the lucky numbers 9-13-21-30-31-44, which consequently won the lottery in the 3rd category. You have therefore been approved a lump sum payment of €618,950.00 (SIX HUNDRED AND EIGHTEEN THOUSAND, NINE HUNDRED AND FIFTY EUROS ONLY) in cash credited to file REF.NO: AA/0999/171MPL. 

This is from a total cash prize of €115,571,150.00 (ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTEEN MILLION, FIVE HUNDRED AND SEVENTY ONE THOUSAND, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY EUROS ONLY) shared among the (seventeen international winners in this category). 


To begin your lottery claims, please contact your agent, DON OTTO  HENDRICH BRASSER , THE FOREIGN SERVICE MANAGER GRUPO SEGURIDAD S.A & Fax No:+34 911 984 573 for the processing and remittance of your prize winning money to a designated bank account choice of yours. 

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. Please note that original copy of your letter have been sent to your agent.
Congratulations once again!!!


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