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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: "Nelson Patrick" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 May 2021 23:23:08 +0200
Subject: 05.21.2021

Dear beneficiary,

I am Nelson Patrick, the general coordinator of Global Debt Reconciliation Commission (GDRC). This commission was inaugurated after the last conference of G20 countries’ presidents and prime ministers held in France. The primary agendas at the conference were Misappropriation of Funds and Excessive Debts owed to companies and individuals who have fulfilled all statutory obligations. It was agreed at the conference that these entities must receive their funds whether or not their respective debtors are ready to pay them, hence the intervention of the G20 leaders.

The G20 leaders are paying 50% to victims who are owed US$100 million and above, 75% to those owed US$50 million to US$99 million and 100% to those owed US$1 million to $49 million—of course those who are owed below $1,000,000 will definitely receive full payments. This is a palliative cum stimulus package to help these victims who have spent a lot of money in their pursuit to receive their funds get back to their feet, especially after the adverse effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses globally.

You are receiving this email because you are listed among the potential beneficiaries of this payment program. Kindly reply to this email and include your full names, physical address and telephone number for the processing of your payment.


Nelson Patrick

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