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I have had several emails saying that I have been awarded 54,000euros

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I have had several emails saying that I have been awarded 54,000euros on the Eropean Lottery even though I have not got a winning ticket,aparently a Mr XXXXX XXXXX from the European lottery sent me the email to say I had won thatn amount ,I replied with the pin number he has given me in his eamil and he confirmed I hade won the money and it an email lottery wher email adrresses ar collected and put onto a computer which then picks out email addresses.But now I have had email from Mr Robert gates of Ebanking Financial Services saying that they have to set up an online banking account so the money can be paid into that account for me to transfer to a bank of my choice but first I have to send 180 Euros for the cost of my online account which will be refunded in the long term I have to make the payment through Westeern Unoin whic I have never used before but what makes me suspicous is the adress to which I have to send the payment of 180Euros to a private adress Mario Vagued Santos
Via Della Madonna No 47
Is this a scam do you think or is it a geniune claim
Nany thanks Ronald M Bullock
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Law
Expert:  Ben Jones replied 4 years ago.

Ben Jones :

Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.

Ben Jones :

This is certainly a scam. Such types of scams, also known as ‘advance-fee fraud’ are unfortunately very common these days and many unsuspecting people fall for them.

The ways in which such scams operate are as follows:

  • You are contacted, usually out of the blue, and informed you have won a lottery or other draw. However, you cannot win unless you have consciously bought a ticket or entered it in some way - no one just gives money away like that.
  • Before the prize materializes, you are asked to pay a sum of money for various reasons, usually as a clearance fee, administrative costs, taxes, etc. This is the advance-fee part of the scam. In reality, a genuine winner would never have to pay anything in advance to get their winnings. You may not have been asked to do so yet but it is just a matter of time and often this request is made right at the last minute, once they have gained your trust.
  • Another clue is the dubious methods by which you are expected to pay that money. Usually it is through Western Union, Moneygram, or by buying pre-paid cards or vouchers. All methods are commonly used by fraudsters as it is very easy to avoid being traced that way.

DO NOT proceed any further with this. DO NOT send any information and certainly do not send money if asked to. Cease all contact with the other party and do not communicate any further with them.

If you wish to report this, all scams can be reported to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or by visiting You may also report this to your local police station as they are capable of dealing with scam reports, although they will rarely get involved unless you have suffered any losses.

Ben Jones :

I hope this has answered your query. Please take a second to leave a positive rating, or if you are unhappy for some reason with the advice - please get back to me and I will assist further as best as I can. Thank you very much