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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: Cathleen Chang <>
Date: Wed, 11 Aug 2021 19:05:07 +0100
Subject: Dear Email Owner,

Address: 749 Broadway, New York
NY 10003, United States
Hours: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Contact: +1 (414) 867- 6369

From the desk of Cathleen Chang

We apologies for the delay of your payment and all the inconveniences
we might put you through, while we were having some minor problems
with our payment system which in all case not meeting up with fund
beneficiary payments, we apologies once again.

From the records of outstanding compensation payment with federal
Government of U.S.A/Ecowas Court and World Bank your name was
discovered as next on the list out of the 11 outstanding beneficiaries
who have not yet received their payments during the 3 years tenure of
the previous administration in office please bear with us for making
this initial contact through email. Meanwhile, a man came to this bank
a few days ago with a letter claiming to be your true representative
and is willing to pay $200 for the Bank Transfer Acepptance Fee to
have the fund transferred to him. Here is his information’s below.

Name: Mr. Claude Shaler
mobile number: +1(213) 807-9995
Bank name: Bank Of America, USA
Account Number: 6503809008
Routing number: 322271627
Swift code#: WMSBUS88
Address: 1723 Palmdale Bulv Palmdale ca..93586

Please do reconfirm to this bank as a matter of urgency if this man is
from you or not so that the federal government will not beheld
responsible for paying into wrong account, if this man is not your
representative, you're requested to fill and send this information for
verification purpose so that your fund valued ($15.700, 000.00 usd)
will be remitted into your nominated bank account.

Kindly reconfirm to the bank the following

1. Full Name:
2. Home Address:
3. Your Mobile number:
4. Occupation/Position:
5. Age/Sex:
6. Company name:
7. Working Id/ int’l Passport

I anticipate your urgent reply.

Cathleen Chang
Contact Whatsapp +1 352 593 3421

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