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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: Mr.David John <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 4 Apr 2023 07:10:59 -0700
Subject: With due Respect Dear,

With due Respect Dear,

Contact person :( Rev. Fred James)(

This email message is to official inform you that after the Executive Board Meeting between the United Nation/FBI and Africa Union in collaboration with IMF Official and World Bank, in respect of your
outstanding approved Scam Victims Settlement Inheritance Compensation Fund amounting the sum of $800,000 USD. It was concluded today your payment be paid to you through Western Union Money Transfer Service at the rate of $ 5000 us dollars daily until the said Fund $800,000.00 USD is completely paid to you.

As a matter of fact; its my pleasure to official inform you that the first installment payment $5000.00 has been sent on your behalf today by Officer in person of: Jim Vincent via our Western Union Money Transfer Service as it was signed and approved, therefore kindly contact Rev. Fred James, immediately Phone number: +229 63607481,Email address( your for your first instrumental Western Union Payment DETAILS $5000 sent today as to enable you get it picked up today from any Western Union Store outlet around you:

Note, you are required to re-confirm below information as to ensure that there is no mistake on your end being the recipient of the first $5000 USD sent today OK.

Your Full name:...............
Direct Telephone number..............
Current Home address:.................
Country/City: .......
Passport or Drivers License Number:

Thanks for your warmest understanding & total co-operation.

Mr. David John

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