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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: "Mr & Mrs Frances Patrick" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2022 01:40:00 +0100

Hi. We are Mr & Mrs. Frances Patrick Connolly, we live in Moira,
Northern Ireland and we are the successful winner of 115m Euro
Millions win who has decided to choose you as one of the 50 lucky
winners to receive this month of October 2022 Donation which happens
to be £925,000. For more information on this please reach out to this

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