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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. Patrick Phillips" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 Feb 2017 14:38:29 +0530
Subject: Hello Dear,

Hello Dear,
Good day, firstly, I apologize for sending you this sensitive Information via e-mail instead of a certified mail/Post-mail. This is due to the urgency and importance of the information. I humbly crave your indulgence to read this e-mail with all seriousness of purpose because this project is based on Trust, confidentiality and sincerity of purpose in order to have an acceptable meeting of the minds.
I am a fifty two (52) years old established lawyer. My names are Mr. Patrick Phillips, a solicitor and personal attorney to an expatriate and a consultant with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC). On the 21st of April 2010, my client, the wife and two of their children were involved in a serious car accident along Apapa express road, Lagos which claimed the lives of the entire family.
Before this ugly/regrettable incident, my client successfully executed a contract for the Federal Government of Nigerian {FGN} worth US$45 Million Dollars. A Part payment of USD15 Million Dollars was paid to my client, while the balance of USD30 Million Dollars was still unpaid before my client died in the said car accident. However, all my Efforts to locate the possible relatives has proved abortive.
NOW THE CRUX OF THIS E-LETTER:  Is that his balance sum of US$30,000,000.00 was transferred to his bank account prior to already concluded arrangement to receive the fund before his sudden death. As his personal attorney/Adviser, his Bank has officially notified and instructed me to forward particulars of my client's next of kin within the next 14 official working days so that they can transfer the fund to the person otherwise the fund will be diverted to the government coffers account as unclaimed bill.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of his relatives, I decided to contact you for a deal so that we can work together as a team to remit the money to your account as my client next of kin since I do not want to seat and watch my client hard earned entitlement to go astray, it will be easy for us to achieve this because you are of the same name and country like him. Although I know that a transaction of this magnitude might make anyone apprehensive but I would like to assure you that I am proposing this project to you with the best of intentions. As a lawyer, I have the power to secure all the necessary legal documents that will be used for this claim. All I require from you is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a Legitimate banking arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.
Upon successful conclusion of this project, you will be compensated with 40% of the total fund, while 60% will be for me. If you are interested to work with me in this deal then kindly reply strictly to my email with your personal telephone/fax number, your full name as it is in your international passport , your occupation and complete address for effective communication and oral clarification on how to proceed next.
Sincerely yours,
Mr. Patrick Phillips.

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