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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: "Mrs. katherine Adile" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Sep 2021 03:53:07 -0700
Subject: RE: Inquiry

In accordance to my religious persuasion, I felt expedient to write
and inform you on the wicked conspiracy hatched by the duo of (Mr.
Alex Kelly and Mr. Hassan) of the Ministry of Finance to divert your
money to their designated account in Cayman Island.

From my position as a lowly clerk in this office, I discovered that
they moved the fund from United States to China, and then moved it
last week to Banco Italiano in ITALY. Today I found out through the
Central computer database that they are about to reroute your fund to
a security company in United Arab Emirates where they will be able to
maneuver the strict IMF money laundering regulatory orders. With this,
I felt that it is important for me to alert you on this development.

They are still using your name and contract/inheritance identification
number as the beneficiary but they have changed the account
co-ordinate and this is the reason they are frustrating you by asking
for endless fees in order to buy time pending on when they will
transfer your funds to their designated account.

I have the reference number of the transaction and also I have the
number of the official who is directly in charge at the SECURITY
COMPANY. Your payment is supposed to go through the Euro-Asia Credit
Control Financial Clearing Department before final Lodgement into the
security company. All the data/information about your funds file are
within my reach. I do not need gratification from you either in cash
or kind. I can never be a part of evil because the bible said YE SHALL

Please respect my discretion in this matter! I will send you the
reference number, the name and contact information of the officials of
the security company were your money is in U A E when I receive your
response. I repeat, please do not expose my person, it is not easy to
get employment around here and I cannot contend with these powerful
individuals because they can eliminate me.

Copy all response to ( as I access this
e-mail more often.

God bless you

Mrs. katherine Adile.

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