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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: "Mrs Patricia Santos" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 01:19:41 -0700
Subject: Greetings

How are you and your family,i am very happy to inform you that i have finalised the claim and transfer of the USD$22.500,000.00 into my new partner`s account in India,but i did not forget your
past effort despite that it does not work out because of some lack of understanding between us,my partner agreed on my terms and he  took Fund,as i write you this email now,i am in India
with my family  to put our new company and some other businesses in place.
Before I left Benin Republic to India,I gave my secretary Mr Adam Smith the sun of $800,000.00) to give you.through ATM VISA CARD, Remember to send him your Full information to avoid wrong transfer.this is my secretary Email; Address (
Receiver`s Name_______________
Address: ________________
Country: ____________
Phone Number: _____________
I.D Card:_____________
Once again thanks for your past efforts.
Mrs Patricia Santos.

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