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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 Gunnarsson <>
Date: Tue, 10 Dec 2019 09:56:12 +0100
Subject: URGENT!


My name is Mrs. Patricia Gunnarsson from Ireland, married to Late Engr
George Gunnarsson {PhD}, who worked for 19 years at Tullow Oil plc, a
multinational oil and gas exploration company in London, before he died on
August 25, 2013. We were married 24 years without a child. My husband died
after a short illness, which lasted only four days. When my late husband
was still alive, he deposited $ 3,200,000 on his offshore account at Cahoot
Bank London, UK. and this fund is currently at the bank, waiting for the
day on which I will use it.

Even before my marriage, I was a lung cancer patient and recently my
doctor told me that I would not live longer than the next month as my lung
cancer is now worse. What bothers me most is my stroke. After knowing my
condition, I decided to look for a sincere person to donate the fund to a
church or better to motherless orphanages.

I'm contacting you because I want a church or an individual to use this
money to fund churches, orphanages, and widows to ensure that God's will is
maintained. I made this decision because I have no child who will inherit
this money.
I can no longer rely on the family of my deceased husband because they
will never use the money as God pleases. Instead, they use the money for
their personal needs, and I do not want that to happen.

In this regard, I sincerely ask for your support in this humanitarian work
for Christ. I would like the bank to transfer this fund to your bank
account so that you use 60% of the fund to help the following people: 1.
The motherless babies, 2, churches. 3, widows. 4, disable people. And then
use the remaining 40% of the fund for you and your family. If you accept
this humanitarian work, you must promise me that you would not disappoint
me if the amount is transferred to your bank account in your country. In
addition, you assure me that you use the 60% of the money for the stated

If you are interested in this work of God, please respond, so that I can
tell you all details about the bank and how the money will be transferred
to your bank account for this purpose.

For more information please contact me via my private email:

Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Patricia Gunnarsson

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