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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 Pascal" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2021 23:54:35 -0700
Subject: Respond to me immediately

Hello my Dear Friend,

Greetings from Mrs. Katherine Pascal, I am very happy to inform you
about our success in getting those funds transferred to a Benin
Account with the co-operation of a new friend from Benin who is an
international businessman based in the Benin Republic.

Presently I am in India for my cancer operation the doctors told me
that I have little chance to survive this operation. but I am happy
because my friend has already started the investment projects as I
told him. To build orphanages around the world, Now I want to notify
you that I have deposited some funds ($500,000 USD) for your
compensation with Barclays Bank which then issued an ATM card in your
name and kept it for you as I have instructed them.

Now you have to Contact Pastor John, on his contact below as he is the
person in charge of your ATM card, just send him an email that I am
the one that directed you to contact him in respect of your ATM card.

Contact him through E-mail:
TEL NUMBER: +22966278688

And you should not hesitate to let me know whenever you receive your
ATM card and start withdrawing with it. Although I am very weak now
because of my condition, I will soon have my surgery. Do pray for me.

Your Sister
Mrs. Katherine Pascal.

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