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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 Wagner" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2013 17:31:25 -0800
Subject: From Mrs.Patricia Wagner.


I am Mrs. Patricia Wagner from Kuwait. I am married to Dr Shawn Wagner who worked with Kuwait embassy in Ivory Coast for nine years before he died in the year 2005. We were married for eleven years without a child. He died after a brief illness that lasted for only four days. Before his death we were both born again Christians. Since his death I decided not to re-marry or get a child outside my matrimonial home.
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of (18Million Dollars) eighteen Million United State Dollars with one finance/security Company in Europe, Presently this money is still with the Security Company.

Recently my Doctor told me that I would not last for the next three months due to cancer problem. What disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. Having known my condition I decided to donate this Fund to church or better still a Christian individual that will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct here in. I want you to use this fund to fund orphanages and widows.
I took this decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money and my husband relatives are not Christians and I don't want my husband's hard earned money to be misused by unbelievers,. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly manner.
I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my health and because of the presence of my husband's relatives around me always. I don't want them to know about this development.

As soon as I receive your reply I shall give you the contact information of the Finance/Security Company in Europe, I will also issue you a letter of authority that will prove you as the original- beneficiary of this Fund. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing for a church or Christian individual for this same purpose. Please assure me that you will act accordingly as I stated here in.
I will want you to retain 30% for yourself for your generous work and, 10% for any expenses if there is any upon the completion of the transaction. I shall be given you the contact information of our lawyer in Europe who will be guiding you on the process on how you can contact the securisty company for the release of the funds upon your acceptance to stand as the beneficiary to the funds.
Remain blessed in the name of the Lord, as I hope to hear from you soon

Yours in Christ
Mrs. Patricia Wagner
Note: you can contact me on my private email:

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