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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Desmond S.A Patterson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2017 04:42:04 -0700
Subject: Inquiry

Good Day,

I am seeking your assistance for urgent attention on a U.S Oil Merchant in Syria who is presently lying dead in a Syria Hospital. I got your contact from a reliable source and I decided to contact you for the relocation of $8.6 Million United States Dollars belonging to the U.S woman (Ms. Norma Anderson - Age 58) Due to the war in Syria, and the chemical poisoned environment of the city where she trades on Crude Oil in Syria, the lady got affected and have undergone two times open heart surgery with no successful result.

Please feel free to get back to me for more details. Hopefully, we can mutually work together to help secure the deceased lady's fund.

Thank you
Yours sincerely.

Desmond S.A Patterson
Snr. U.N . Representative
Europe and Middle East Sub-Region

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