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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 Herry David <>
Reply-To: Pastor Herry David <>
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2014 23:47:43 +0000 (UTC)

 Dear compatriot,

The federal Government  has Cashie your fund into ATM VISA CARD and
Your Cashier Check of $6.2Million has been credited into our ATM VISA
by the Management of our bank, be inform that the total amount you can
withdraw is $15,000 everyday, you will see the rest details when you
receive it And we have also registered it With DHL Delivery Company,
reconfirm your Delivery information as follows.
Full Name:...................
Delivery Address:........
Phone Number:........
all your person email ........
Contact Person is  Pastor Herry David
and  all charges was paid by our bank the only money you will send to
them is the delivery fee  chargs  and we registered it this morning as
we have paid for other charges, Contact them today to avoid delaying
your Atm Visa Card.
You  can  give us SMS massage  on this is  phone +22999391979
ATM CARD Director
Pastor Herry David  
Our  Office  phone call +22999391979
secret code (8389 ATM CARD

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