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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: "Patrice Adams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2019 09:29:05 +0100
Subject: SIR / MADAM.

My name is Patrice ADAMS, a site engineer with Chevron Petroleum Nigeria Limited.

During the Niger Delta crises here in Nigeria, my colleagues and I successfully despatched a ship load of crude oil unregistered in federal government account. The product was sold last month to the tune of US$84.8 million. This amount has been shared between my two colleagues and I and my share is $28.2 million.

As civil servants, we cannot defend any amount in our accounts that is above the equivalent $50,000. Because of this constraint and other restrictions from the government of my country, I crave your unflinching assistance for the safe keeping of my share ( $28.2 ) in your account and subsequently help in it's investment in lucrative ventures.

Write back and I will tell you more about this important deal.

In addition, do let me know, what would be your commission in percentage of the global sum for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,
Patrice ADAMS,

PHONE : .+2348160810504
Whatsapp: 2348160810504
Email :

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