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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: Patrick Connolly <>
Reply-To: Patrick Connolly <>
Date: 09 Oct 2021 18:53:58 +0300


We are Patrick & Frances Connolly. We won £115 million pounds in the EuroMillions jackpot in Northern Ireland on January 1st, 2019 and published 4th January 2019.

This month we have decided to share among individuals a little part of our riches because of the current hardship, business failure and loss of jobs as a result of pandemic. We have decided to give you the sum of Three million dollars ($3,000,000.00).

Note: You must use part of this donation to help your immediate family members and friends, and Less Privilege in your community. We want to hear from you if our gift of $3,000,000.00 dollars  is accepted by you as we proceed.

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 reply. 

Best Regards 

Connolly Family

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