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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: Pastor David <>
Date: Wed, 5 Dec 2018 18:24:23 +0430
Subject: Please pick up this information and run to western union to pick up
this USD5000.00

How are you today? I write to inform you that we have already sent you
USD5000.00 dollars through Western union as we have been given the
mandate to transfer your full compensation payment total sum of
USD800,000.00 via western union by this government. I was calling your
telepone number to give you the information through phone but you did
not pick up my calls throughout that yesterday even this morning.Now,I
decided to email you the MTCN and sender name so that you will pick up
this USD5000.00 to enable us send another USD5000.00 today as you know
we will be sending you only USD5000.00 per day.

Please pick up this information and run to western union to pick up
the USD5000.00 and call me back to send you another payment
today,Manager name Pastor David Email(
call or email me once you picked up this USD5000.00 today. Here is the
western union

information to pick up this USD5000.00.
MTCN :4419463942
Sender's Name: PRINCE AJAA
Text Question:HONEST
Amount:USD 5000.00

I am waiting for your call once you pick up this USD5000.00, Please
email me your direct telephone number because I need to be calling you
once we send any payment for the information.

Thanks you.
Pastor David

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