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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: Patricia Gunnarsson<>
Date: 18 Apr 2020 02:58:54 -0700
Subject: Charity work..

My Dear Beloved in Christ

Greetings to you and your family. I am Mrs. Patricia Gunnarsson from Ireland and a widow to late Mr. George Gunnarsson of Ireland too, my late Husband and I was living here in London before the death of my husband and my late husband was a Director with the Construction Company here in London before his Sudden Death in 2013, but before his death, he Deposited the Sum of $3,200,000 with one of the Bank here in London in my name and i am suffering from pancreatic cancer, My condition is really bad and it is quite obvious that I won’t live more than 2-3 months according to my doctors, and i have no Child who is going to take care of this Huge amount of Money.

I am willing to donate this sum of $3,200,000 to you for you to use 60% of the funds to help widows and the less privileged ones in the rural and urban areas and then you have to use he remaining 40% of the fund for yourself and your family.

If you accepts to do this charity work for me, please contact me via my private email for more information:
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord.

Mrs. Patricia Gunnarsson


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