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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.Katharina " <>
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2022 20:01:25 +0100
Subject: Hello My dear

Hello My dear

I wish to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred.

Though, it is indeed, a very long time. On my singular, I am very
delighted and privileged to contact you again, after a couple of
months now. It takes fate, courage and God's fear to remember old
friends and at the same time, to show gratitude to them, despite
circumstances that made things not work out as we expected then. I
take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction i called you for
an assistance and building of orphanage home which didn't worked out
then, finally worked out now by God's infinite mercy, I am obliged to
inform you that I later found another new God fearing person from
Mexico who succeeded in receiving the funds.

Everything was perfectly done because he struck the project with one
of the Lady accountants who works with the Remittance Department of
the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) and she rendered a tremendous
help to him. My new partner initiated this idea and everything worked
out successfully, and I decided to contact you, just to let you know
that i have conscience as a human being due to your tremendous effort
and contribution to make things work out in retrospect and in
appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the Funds I
have decided to compensate you with the sum of US$850,000.00 United
State dollars only ( Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United State
dollars only.

Meanwhile, I must inform you that I even succeeded in the operation
which I went through and I am getting better now. I am presently in
Mexico with my new friend / brother for the establishment of the
charitable foundation as I told you previously.

I just arrived yesterday night and checked into a hotel where I met my
new friend / brother in the Lord and decided to use the hotel business
center to mail you. Now, with my sincere heart, I Left an ATM
MasterCard credited in your favor to the tune of US$850,000.00 United
State dollars only ( Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand United State
dollars only. in the custody of a reverend father and a reputable man
that use to pray for me during the time I was in hospital to deposit
in a DHL Express courier / security company in your favor as
COMPENSATION for your dedication, humanity and contribution, as it
were pending your contact to him for onward lifting and delivery to
you at your address in your country.

Here is the DHL Express Courier Service that will deliver your ATM
Card Compensation Fund value of US$ 850,000,00 us dollars and the Card
will be deliver to your door step immediately you contact the DHL
Express Courier Service with this below contact details and also send
them your full delivery address below:

Company Name: DHL Express Courier Service
Contact Person: Director David Mark
Contact E-mail address: []
Contact Phone: +229 68598918

Kindly, contact them with the above information for the shipment of
your Compensation ATM Card to your doorstep this week without any


He will advise you further if there is any other thing you are
required to provide, Feel free to reach him via his email address and
get back to me as soon as you receive the ATM Visa Credit Card

Thanks, and God bless you so much. contact me back with this
particular email address if there are any other questions.

My best regard,
Mrs.Katharina Patrick

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