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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2023 11:33:51 -0700

SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE LOTTERY INT.                              24TH JULY, 2023
Av. De La Reina Victoria 43
28003 Madrid Spain.        
ATTN:  REF: MCC/64370/                BATCH: MCC/64370 /EU/23                                                                                              
                                                  AWARD NOTIFICATION/FINAL NOTICE
We are pleased to inform you of the released results of the EUROMILLONES LOTERIA INTERNATIONAL SPANISH SWEEPSTAKE PROMOTION PROGRAM, held on 21ST JULY, 2023. Your name attached to the Ticket number 016 – 01461571 – 146 with Serial number MCC – 64370 drew the lucky numbers 07 – 12 – 19 – 33 – 43 which consequently won the lottery in the 1ST Category.
You have therefore been approved for a lump Sum payout of €66,081,021.00 (SIXTY-SIX MILLION EIGHTY-ONE THOUSAND ONE AND TWENTY-ONE EURO) in cash credited to File Nş: MCC/64370/. 
Your Fund is now deposited with a Security Company insured to your name. Due to the mix up of numbers and names, we ask you to keep this Award top secret from public notice until your claim has been processed and your money remitted to your account as this is a part of our security Protocol to avoid double claiming or unwarranted taking advantage of this program by participants.
All our Beneficiaries were selected through a Computer Ballot System drawn from 50,000 names from Europe, Australia, Asia, and America as part of our INTERNATIONAL PROMOTION PROGRAM which we conducted once every year. We hope with a part of your prize, you will take part in our 2023 Christmas high Stake of €1.5 billion International Lottery.
To begin your claims please contact our Lawyer Barr. Haverkorn Thomas  Foreign Services Lawyer of MAPFRE SEGUROS S.A..on Tel: +34 613 387 878,  for processing and remittance of your prize money either to a designated account of your choice or by a certified cheque. Remember that all prize money must be claimed no later than 21ST August. After this date, all funds will be returned to the Ministerial de Economia y Hacienda as unclaimed.
NOTE: In order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications, please remember to quote your Reference and Batch Number in every of your Correspondence with us or your Agent. And remember you have to pay 5% of your winning fund to your claims agent after the fund gets to you. Furthermore, should there be any change of your Address, do inform your claim Agent as soon as possible. Congratulations from all Members of our Department and thank you for being a part of our PROMOTION PROGRAM.

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