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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: Catherine Wales <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 09:20:48 +0800

Compliment Of The Day Dear,

Please, do not take this message and information as a joke because
doing so is at your own peril / detriment. I don't have much to say
here but will make it brief and straight to the point for your quick

I am sending this confidential message to you in private with utmost
fear for my work, life and family.

As a believer, if I see injustice and keep mum/SILENT without speaking
or doing anything to stop it from happening, it will be an
unforgivable sin to my conscience. My person, faith, religion and work
ethics will never condone or encourage ill gotten wealth and
fraudulent malpractices as well. If you haven't received your
compensation or ATM Card worth $2.2 Million US Dollars, know that my
boss is the reason and brain behind it.

I repeat, the reason you haven't successfully received your ATM Card
and Scam victim support fund valued $2.2 Million US Dollars, is
because my boss and his counterparts don't want it delivered to you.
For your information, I found 36 unclaimed ATM Cards in my boss office
and one of the cards has your name on it.

These Cards have been issued since OCTOBER 2020, in fact the reports
he planned to submit next week to the UN, IMF and World Bank, contains
false information that claims all ATM Cards and scam victims support
funds have successfully been paid or delivered to their recipients.

I don't know why my boss chose to be wicked to you and others.

On Friday before work closing time I overheard my boss discussing on
the phone with someone that I don't know in person to use his/her
influence and connections to compromise the ATM Cards in his
possession so that they will siphon / redirect the deposited funds
into personal use.

So I quickly took a few of the ATM Cards that I could lay hands on
when knocking off for the day, luckily yours was among those that I
grabbed and had to search for your contact information through the
payment report file at the office to send you this private email. I
can't message you from my work official email domain account because
my boss has the password and monitors every communication that goes
and comes through it.

However, I am going to help keep your ATM Card with me for a few more
days until you can arrange for it to be delivered to you.

Please reconfirm your ID name and mailing address where you want the
card shipped and delivered in your favor soon.

Nevertheless, I have notified other beneficiaries of these cards in my
custody and they have begun arrangements to have their cards picked up
and delivered to them soon.

Meanwhile, i don't feel safe and comfortable mentioning the name of my
boss in this email as a result of fear, but if you have had any
unsuccessful transactions and payment of your compensation recently or
in the past with the UN, then you should know whom and what i am
talking about.

Therefore, I advise you to treat this message with utmost secrecy and
confidentiality for my safety and the safety of your compensation. My
name is Catherine Wales, a citizen of the United states and I am your
payment Inspection Officer PIO, at the UN Headquarters, scam victims
support funds.

Please keep my identity private and safe for my life and that of my
immediate family. I will email you my ID and copy of the ATM Card if
you need them for your perusal, but i must warn you that it is very
risky to email personal financial instruments or cash tools over the
internet because of internet hackers and fraudsters. But if you
insist, i will send details to you by email at your own risk.

Nonetheless, If i don't hear from you within 72 hours of sending this
email, i shall return your ATM Card back to where i took it. I
sincerely hope that this good news information will help heal old
wounds and finally bring you back to a better financial position that
you had always wanted.

I will be Waiting to receive your urgent reply to this message.
Mrs. Catherine Wales.

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