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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: "Frances & Patrick Connolly" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Jul 2022 17:31:01 +0100
Subject: 1,500,000.00 pounds!

Our Names are Frances and Patrick Connolly from County Armagh in
Northern Ireland. We Just Won 115 Million Pounds from the
EuroMillions lottery jackpot Lottery draw. We are therefore giving out
Grant donation of 1,500,000.00 pounds each to (50) Lucky
international recipients worldwide to show God our appreciation. You
received this message because you have be listed as one of the (50)
lucky Individual Selected.

Kindly send us the below details so that we can transfer your
1,500,000.00 pounds in your name or direct our bank to effect the
transfer of the funds to your operational bank account in your country.

Full Name:
Mobile No:

Kindly visit the link for more details about the Winning;

Send your response to (

Congratulation to You.
Frances & Patrick Connolly

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