El Gordo de la Primitiva is one of the most popular lotteries in history. It is entirely tax free, and the draw is obvious. Winners get to keep the entire advertised jackpot. And the prize can be claimed by any foreign national.

“El Gordo de la Primitiva Lottery International Promotions Programme,” however is a scam. Let me explain. El Gordo de la Primitiva is a legitimate lottery run by La Primitiva in Spain. The International Promotions Programme, however is not only unafilliated with La Primitiva. It is outright fraudulent.

El Gordo de la Primitiva Lottery International Promotions Programme is a postal or email scam which functions as an Advance Fee Fraud. This is a style of email wherein victims are told they are the winners of a lottery they may or may not have played. The catch is that in order to release the funds, the scammer requests an up front fee.

This might sound absurd, but it is an extremely successful scam that has taken in thousands of victims over the years. It is important to remember that a legitimate lottery will never contact someone who has not bought a ticket. If someone has bought a ticket, it is further worth noting that a legitimate lottery company will never ask for fees. All processing fees are usually calculated into the prize amount and the winner will never be aware they were there.