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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: "INNA PATARKATSISHVILI" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 00:53:39 +0100
Subject: HELLO


I am Inna Gudavadze wife of late Georgian billionaire Mr Badri Patarkatsishvili . For a year now, i have been on exile as there have been attempts on my daughters' lives and mine, investigation reveals that my husband's associate (Joseph Kay) is behind this attempts on our lives due to inheritance feuds that has ensued since the demise of my husband, although the situation is been handled in several world courts. For this reason , we have been in hiding at an island some where around the South Pacific Ocean, precisely America Samoa, we have peace and if i must say we intend relaxing and living a peaceful established life, though on the low till this situation is resolved. Before the demise of my deposited, he deposited the sum of $312.5 million dollars in a United kingdom bank in my daughter's name on her 27th Birthday. As it is at the moment, we(my daughters and i) would need your assistance in processing and retrieving this sum by granting you the General power of Attorney!
, without our presence and disclos

Note that this is a very intensive project that you are about to embark on i.e if you are willing to assist us in claiming my funds from that bank. There must be utmost confidentiality as we cannot afford to reveal our location to anyone else. Note that this transaction needs your total dedication and in return, we are willing to offer you 10% of the total sum which amounts to $31.25 million dollars. If you know that you are willing, dedicated and capable of handling this transaction we would need an urgent response from you with the details below.

Name, occupation, sex ,address and location, mobile phone number, a valid identity card, social security number(if any). There has to be a very high level of trust here as we cannot afford to compromise the success of this transaction.

Note that you can only contact me via email, i will always contact you via phone if and when it is necessary ,for security reasons. As soon as i confirm your reliability,dedication and trust, i will reveal the bank where the money is deposited , give you more insight and instruction on how to go about retrieving my money, especially on the low. You are adviced to be very careful and confidential as this transaction involves some level of risk especially when it comes to our whereabout at the moment. You are to contact me via my daughter's private email by clicking reply.

I await your response.

Thank you.

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