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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: Connolly Family <>
Reply-To: Connolly Family <>
Date: 02 Jun 2021 04:00:27 +0200

Good day,

We are glad to get across your email contact through the help of Manulife directory google random search by our IT coordinator after which you were contacted.

We are Patrick & Frances Connolly,54 & 52 years old Couple, we are from Moira Co Down, Northern Ireland, I was once businessman who ran his own manufacturing firm and decided to retire after we won this great jackpot, although I'm thinking about a new project soon. We won £115 million pounds in the EuroMillions jackpot in Northern Ireland on January 1st, 2019 and published 4th January 2019.

Our winning was put on the internet for recognition all over the world. Our winning link is below for view on web page:

Today we have decided to share among individuals around the world part of our riches because money does not bring you happiness, we already had happiness. We may not know you but receiving our first message from our IT coordinator shows you are an incredibly lucky person. We have decided to give you the sum of Three million dollars ($3,000,000.00) , Which will be transferred to you by our designated bank after your acceptance message back to us. It means that you are among the other four (4) persons chosen for this great opportunity. We are Christians and we believe that good things happen to those who have faith in what they serve (God, others).   

Note: You must use part of this donation to help your immediate family members and friends, and other individuals around the world in need, the Red Cross, Hospitals and Less Privilege. We want to hear from you if our gift of $3,000,000.00 dollars is accepted by you as we proceed. Our Donation (Gift) must be confidential until it has been transferred to you by our bank before you can spread the good news with your family and friends.

Kindly introduce yourself to me in the format below
to avoid 2 parties on claim.

Full Name:
Phone no:
Male OR Female?

We await your kind acceptance response. 

Best Regards 

Mr & Mrs. Connolly

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