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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: Austin Kaye <>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2022 06:43:10 -0700
Subject: I Was Told To Contact You Through Email

Attention Dear,

My name is Patricia Miller I am a 45 year old US citizen, I live in
Evansville, Indiana. My address is 1709 Seasons Ridge Blvd Evansville, IN
47715, USA. I'm thinking of moving. b'Cause now I'm a rich woman, I was one
of the scam victims who participated in Compensation Awards Program in the
United States and Europe many years ago and they refused to pay me. I paid
over $27,500 to a scammer while in the US. to buy it all for the benefit so
I decided to travel to Rome, Italy with all the compensation documents and
I was told to contact Lawyer/Barrister Carlo Palermo, a member of the
Compensation Awards Program, I contacted him through Email and he explained
every detail to me. He said whoever contacted me now is a fake Pretend,
he's the only one assigned to compensate me.

He took me to the bank to claim my compensation money. Right now I am the
happiest woman in the world because I have received $5,500,000.00 in
compensation (Five Million and Five Hundred Thousand Dollars). In addition,
Lawyer/Barrister Carlo Palermo shows all the information and a list of
those who have not been paid and I saw your name and email address as one
of the beneficiaries. This is why I decided to email you to stop dealing
with those scammers. They don't have your money. They just extort money
from you by trickery. I would advise you to contact Lawyer/Barrister Carlo
Palermo now for assistance You must contact him directly through the
personal email address below.

Contact Attorney: Carlo Palermo
Email Address:

You must stop dealing with scammers who contact you by email and phone
saying that your money is with them. It's all lies and tricks that they
only take advantage of you and they will continue to steal your money until
you have nothing to show.

The only money I paid after meeting Lawyer/Barrister Carlo Palermo is 250
Euro. This is for working paperwork only please note that stop contacting
scammers online or via email again. I suggest you contact Lawyer/Barrister
Carlo Palermo, he will help you transfer the winnings to your bank account.
Please stop dealing with those scammers all they do is ask for more and
more money to complete your transaction which are all deceitful lies

Best Regards
Mrs Patricia Miller
Address: 1709 Seasons Ridge Blvd Evansville, IN 47715, USA

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