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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 Born" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 29 Oct 2022 18:50:58 -0700
Subject: Dear Beloved,---I AM DONATING US$38M

Dear Beloved,

I'm Mrs. Patricia B Born the widow of late Mr Allen C Born, My husband died in July 8, 2021 at the age of 88yrs, here in United States of America. My his soul continue to rest in peace.

Like I mentioned above, my name is Mrs. Patricia B Born I'm 89 years old. I am a Christian convert, suffering from prolonged cancer of the breast, from all medical indications my condition has really deteriorated and it's pretty obvious that i may not live for more than six months owning to the rapid growth by stage and the

excruciating pain that accrues to it.

My husband died in the year 2021, and our long years of marriage was blessed with Children who are also doing well in the area.. My late husband was very wealthy, after his death I inherited most of his business and funds. My doctor has diagnosed and told me privately what I should expect, building my spirit for the inevitable. He said I may not last for more than 6 months, based on this I have taken the decision to share part of my funds and wealth in contribution to the development of Church and society with major focus on the poor, needy and victims of HIV / AIDS.

I am willing to donate the sum of $38.000,000 USD for your work in developing the Church and to help the poor, needy, and less privileged among your congregations/society. Please note that these funds are deposited in a bank in the country where my husband worked, my lawyer will file the application for the transfer of this money in your name and information's, after my applications and instructions.

I honestly employ you to make sure that these funds are put to use only for this purpose, a good one you can agree with me, I now realize that wealth without life in Christ is vanity. please contact me for more information because I don't know what may happen to me next.

May the grace of God be and remain with you.

Mrs. Patricia Born

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