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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" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2023 11:08:35 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend,

Dear Friend,

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 the 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 Europe,Germany
with all the compensation documents and I was told to contact
Lawyer/Barrister Georg Weidenbach, a member of the Compensation Awards
Program, I contacted him through his Email:} and he
explained every detail to me. He said whoever that contacted me
before was 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 Georg Weidenbach,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 Georg Weidenbach now for assistance You
must contact him directly through the personal email address below.

Contact Attorney:Georg Weidenbach
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 from
you until you run bankrupt.

The only money I paid after meeting Lawyer/Barrister Georg Weidenbach
is 270 Euro. This is for working paperwork only please note you should
stop contacting scammers online or via email again. I suggest you
contact Lawyer/Barrister Georg Weidenbach, 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

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

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