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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 Abigail Woodward," <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2019 07:50:25 +0000

Good day,

I am Mrs Abigail Woodward, a US citizen, Am 42 years old. I am one of those people that took part in receiving Inheritance funds and Lottery funds from European banks even from many lottery organizers few years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid different fees while in the United States trying to get my funds from those banks and lottery organizers but all to no avail. So I decided to travel to West Africa (Nigeria) with all my compensation documents, and I was directed by the IMF Director to contact one Rev Patrick Fisher who is the head department officer of the Compensation Award Office, Rev. Patrick Fisher his British citizen and a member of the UNITED NATIONS & IMF COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE currently working with IMF and I contacted him and he explained everything to me. He said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake. Rev. Patrick Fisher personally directed me on how to claim my Inheritance or Lottery payment.

Right now I have received my compensation funds of $2,800,000.00 Moreover, Rev. Patrick Fisher is a very religious man with the fear of God. He showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their Inheritance or Lottery payment and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those people, they are not with your fund, they are only making money out of you.

I will personally advise you to contact Rev. Patrick Fisher with your FULL NAME, FULL ADDRESS, TELEPHONE NUMBER, OCCUPATION, AGE, SEX, he will assist you once he get the listed information you are to provide.

Compensation Award Office.

Name: Rev. Patrick Fisher
Email Address:

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing. NOTE: The only money I paid after I met Rev. Patrick Fisher was just $525 USD for the Endorsement and clearance fee, take note of that.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mrs Abigail Woodward,
13, Fairview Avenue, Somerville, New Jersey 08876, united states.

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