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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: "Mr.Patrick Joseph" <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2021 21:39:20 -0700
Subject: Greetings....

Hello Friend,

Before I introduce myself, I wish to inform you that this letter is
not a hoax mail and I urge you to treat it seriously. My name is
Mr.Patrick Joseph, of the Claims Department with a bank here in
Burkina Faso, West Africa. I have packaged a financial transaction
that will benefit both of us, which involves $16.5million dollars.
After you have been made the next of kin of the fund and the funds
will be transferred to a foreign account of yours and you will have
40% as your share of the total funds and 5% will be used to pay back
expenses incurred from both ends in the process of the transfer to
your account.

Kindly Contact me for more details.

Mr.Patrick Joseph.

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