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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: "Mrs. Patricia Gunnarsson" <>
Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2021 23:23:38 +0100

Best friend,

My name is Mrs. Patricia Gunnarsson from Ireland, married to Late Engr
George Gunnarsson {PhD}, who worked for 19 years at Tullow Oil plc, a
multinational oil and gas exploration company in London, before he
died on August 25, 2013. We were married 24 years without a child. My
husband died after a short illness, which lasted only four days. When
my late husband was still alive, he deposited $ 3,200,000 on his
offshore account at Cahoot Bank London, UK. and this fund is currently
at the bank, waiting for the day on which I will use it.

Even before my marriage, I was a lung cancer patient and recently my
doctor told me that I would not live longer than the next month as my
lung cancer is now worse. What bothers me most is my stroke. After
knowing my condition, I decided to look for a sincere person to donate
the fund to a church or better to motherless orphanages.

I'm contacting you because I want a church or an individual to use
this money to fund churches, orphanages, and widows to ensure that
God's will is maintained. I made this decision because I have no child
who will inherit this money.I can no longer rely on the family of my
deceased husband because they will never use the money as God pleases.
Instead, they use the money for their personal needs, and I do not
want that to happen.

In this regard, I sincerely ask for your support in this humanitarian
work for Christ. I would like the bank to transfer this fund to your
bank account so that you use 60% of the fund to help the following
people: 1. The motherless babies, 2, churches. 3, widows. 4, disable
people. And then use the remaining 40% of the fund for you and your
family. If you accept this humanitarian work, you must promise me that
you would not disappoint me if the amount is transferred to your bank
account in your country. In addition, you assure me that you use the
60% of the money for the stated purpose

If you are interested in this work of God, please respond, so that I
can tell you all details about the bank and how the money will be
transferred to your bank account for this purpose.

For more information please contact me via my private email:

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Patricia

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