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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 Wilfrd James <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 27 May 2017 22:30:17 +0100
Subject: Good News From Pastor Wilfred James

Dear Beloved Friend

Greetings to you & your Family. I have been waiting for you to contact me for your Cashier Check of ( $1.5 MILLION United States Dollars ), but didn't hear from you for a long time. Then i went and deposited the Cashier Check with EXPRESS LINK DELIVERY COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC,before I traveled out of the country for a short Course and i will not come back till end of next Month.What you have to do now is to contact EXPRESS LINK DELIVERY COMPANY as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charges, The only money you will pay to courier & Security Company to deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is ($99 USD) only being their Security Keeping Fee of the Package.

Again, Do not be deceive by anybody to pay any other money except $99 USD, I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of any demurrage.You have to contact the EXPRESS LINK DELIVERY COMPANY now for the delivery of your Cashier Check with this information bellow.

Contact Person... Dr. Philip Mouka
E-mail ..........
Phone............ +229 98246485
Registration No... wwdsc/xxx/100

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $99 USD for their immediate action.You should also Let me know through email as soon as you receive your Cashier

Note; EXPRESS LINK DELIVERY COMPANY do not know the content of the parcel. I registered it as a greeting Cards sending to a friend overseas. They do not know that it contains a Cashier Check of such a huge amount of money, this is to avoid them tempering with the package. Please, do not let them know the contents of the parcel. I am waiting to hear the good news from you.

Pastor Wilfred James

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