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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: "international-shipping notification centre"
<international-shipping7495@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2005 14:00:47 +0300
Subject: VALUEABLE DOCUMENTS AND GIFTS FOR SHIPMENT COMPLY NOW

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING & NOTIFICATION CENTRE
A WORLDWIDE SERVICE TO OUR GLOBAL CUSTOMERS
DEPT#501,95 WILTON ROAD,KAMPALA



GOOD DAY,



WE NEED YOUR INSTRUCTIONS REGARDING IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS BEARING YOUR NAME
AND EMAIL ADDRESS FOR CONSIGMENTS TO SHIP.OUR RECORDS INDICATE THAT YOU
RECENTLY HAVE BEEN IDENTIFIED A CONTRACTOR ,NEXT OF KIN AND HAVE NOT
PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED A CLAIM OR FORWARDED A REQUEST FOR THIS DELIVERY. THE
RETURN OF THE REQUEST FORM WILL CONFIRM THAT WE HAVE CONTACTED YOU.
THIS IS YOUR ONLY NOTICE OF CLAIM TO REDEEM DOCUMENTS FOR CONSIGNMENT WHICH
WE ARE HOLDING IN YOUR NAME. THE SHIPMENT IS READY FOR DELIVERY TO YOU
HOWEVER IT IS BEING HELD PENDING THERETURN OF THE DELIVERY REQUEST FORM.THE
IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS IS ADDRESSED IN YOUR FAVOUR
WE ARE AUTHORIZED TO SPECIFY THE FOLLOWING ABOUT YOUR IMPORTANT
DOCUMENTS FOR CONSIGNMENT...
A1,#PACKING SLIP DESCRIPTION FOR DOCUMENTS CONSIGNMENT
BUT,WE SUGGEST THAT YOU RESPOND PROMPTLY BY COMPLETING THE DELIVERY REQUEST
FORM AND RETURNING IT WITH THE PROCESSING, POSTAGE AND HANDLING FEE OF $195
WITHIN THE NEXT 14 DAYS.IN EVENT WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM YOU,THE IMPORTANT
DOCUMENTS OF CONSIGNMENT WILL BE RETURNED TO IT'S ORIGINAL SENDER.
ONCE WE RECEIVE THE COMPLETED DELIVERY REQUEST FORM[SEE BELOW],ALONG WITH
THE PROCESSING AND HANDLING FEE, YOU ARE GUARANTEED SECURE SAFE DELIVERY OF
YOUR IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS FOR CONSIGNMENT

tHANKS FOR YOUR CO-OPERATIONS




REGARDS,MRS ANGEL.GOODNESS.

MANAGER


DELIVERY REQUEST FORM
Name...................................................................................................................
Address............................................................................................................
postal
address........................................................................................
city..................................................................................................
Code.............................................................................................
phone & fax
number................................................................
email
address..................................................................




DELIVERY REQUEST STATEMENT;
I HAVE VERIFIED MY EMAIL AND HAVE MADE THE NECESSARY CORRECTIONS ABOVE. I
HAVE ALSO SEND THE PROCESSING AND HANDLING FEES$195 AMERICA DOLLARS FOR THE
RELEASE OF MY CONSIGNMENT

---------------------------------------------------------
SIGNATURE

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