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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 Gibson" <>
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2022 19:38:43 +0100

Greetings my good friend.

I hope this message meets you in good faith. Sorry for contacting you
My name is Patricia Gibson, I am originally from Texas, United States
of America, but

currently in Malaysia, where I have been hospitalized as a result of cancer.
The doctors said I have less than two months to live due to the
critical condition of my

ailment. Meanwhile,I would like to tell you a little about my life.

I lost my husband a few years ago. But before the death of my husband
He worked a

contract with the American government worth of $2.8 million United
States dollars, but

death took him away before the money was sent to my bank account, my
husband was a

philanthropist before his death, he also encouraged me to help poor
people, because since

we got married we were not able to have our own children.

Because of the condition of my health I have sent five hundred thousand dollars

$500,000.oo to my husband home town Scotland, and have deposited
three hundred thousand

$300,000.00 to the hospital for my medication, I will like to send
the remaining two

million dollars, $2,000,000.00. to you so that you can assist me and
share it to the

poor, and the widows, and the orphanage homes over there in your
country as instructed by

my late husband, since we did not have any children to inherit this money.

Meanwhile, in order to motivate you, I would like you to take 30
percent from the

money and share the remaining to the people mentioned above.

Please do not discriminate on religion , race or ethnicity when
handling this project.

Try to reply to me immediately for more information, May God bless you
and your family, I

would love to talk to you on the phone, but the problem is that I can
not speak well due

to pains, please keep this information very secret, and never tell
anyone about this

money for security reasons. Thanks in anticipation of a favorable
response from you.

Write me through my personal Email,

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs.Patricia Gibson

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