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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: Patricia Miller <>
Date: Mon, 9 May 2022 07:07:59 -0700
Subject: I Was Told To Contact You Through Email? External


*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. because 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
PalermoEmail 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 liesBest RegardsMrs Patricia MillerAddress: 1709 Seasons Ridge
Blvd Evansville, IN 47715, USA*

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