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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: HANDY WALLS <dailycourierdelivery1@yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 27 Apr 2007 11:57:07 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Your Order number is DCD5464999.


DAILY COURIER DELIVERY
DIRECTOR: HANDY WALLS
Phone: +447045711869
Email: dailycourierdelivery1@yahoo.co.uk



Dear Customer,


Compliment of the season, this is to inform you that we are in possession of a certified cashier cheque which is to be couriered to you. The cheque is for GBP4.5, million pounds. You are to please confirm your alternative mailing address to enable us dispatch your parcel immediately. Note that we also do not deliver to P.O.Box address or street corners but to your residence.


It is the usual practice of our organization to conduct a proper verification of all parcels that we are to deliver to ensure that they are valid. Be rest assured that your check has been confirmed valid by the HSBC BANK UK and true and delivery will be made once you have met the necessary requirements.


We are a well established company offering courier and transport services 24 hour a day for priority delivery of letters, parcels and consignments to any destination by road, air or sea. We have a substantial team of couriers available for motorcycle dispatch plus van driver couriers in all size vehicles from small vans up to 7.5 tone and international couriers for dispatch by road, sea or air.



Your Order number is DCD5464999. Description of parcel to be delivered:



An original Winning certificate of weight: -------------0.8kg
Bonded HSBC certified cashier's cheque of weight:---------------0.5
insurance policy payment receipt of weight: -----------------0.7kg
Total weight of parcel: ----------------------------------0.20kg
Colour of Parcel: -------------Brown Envelope.




Below are the mandatory administrative charges that you required to pay to enable us courier your certified bank check to you. You are allowed to choose one of our three specified delivery arrangements.



STATUS OF DELIVERY [PLEASE CHOOSE ONE]



Courier charges ................................100.00 Pounds
Administrative ...............................235.00 Pounds
Insurance ..................................345.00 Pounds
Length of days ...........................Same day delivery (BY DHL)
Inland Revenue Tax......................70.00 pounds
TOTAL: GBP750.00 GBP = $1,503.81 USD


Courier charges ................................75.00 Pounds
Administrative ...............................210.00 Pounds
Insurance ..................................320.00 Pounds
Length of days ...........................Two (2) to three (3) working days delivery (BY DHL)
Inland Revenue Tax......................45.00 pounds
TOTAL: GBP650.00 Pounds = $1,308.32



Courier charges ................................75.00 Pounds
Administrative ...............................110.00 Pounds
Insurance ..................................320.00 Pounds
Length of days ...........................Four (4) to Seven (7) working days delivery (BY DHL)
Inland Revenue Tax......................45.00 pounds
TOTAL: GBP550.00 Pounds = $1,117.21



The charges are a little high because of the insurance cover we have undertaken incase of loss, damage or theft of your highly sensitive document. We assume all responsibilities incase of any eventualities.


You are to make the payment through Western Union Money Transfer prefarable so as to speed up the process of delivery. As we do not accept credit cards on cases like this. You are to locate the nearest western union agent to you and make the payment through the name of our accounts officer below:


Name: Micheal Harrison
Address: 82silverdale street
manchester m11 1et UK.


Opening hours: 8.30am-6.00pm Monday to Friday. 8.30am-12.00 Noon Saturday.


You are to send the following information via email as they appear on the western union transfer slip:


1. Name and address of sender
2. Amount sent
3. Control number (MTCN)s
4. Test question and answer if any


You are to send a copy of the evidence of payment to your handling agent as well for confirmation. A receipt of the above payment will be issued to you from our office along with your check.


As soon as we receive confirmation and evidence of payment of the above charges, we will dispatch your parcel immediately. The date and time of departure and expected date of delivery will be sent to you. You will be required to sign for the parcel. All orders not delivered within fourteen (14) working days from this communication will be returned. Please ensure that you confirm your delivery address. We are glad to be of service to you.


DAILY COURIER DELIVERY
DIRECTOR: HANDY WALLS
Phone: +447045711869
Email: dailycourierdelivery1@yahoo.co.uk


PLEASE NOTE: DO CHOOSE ONE OF THE DELIVERIES (STATUS) THAT YOU WILL BE CONVENIENT AND AFFORDABLE FOR YOU.
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"DAILY COURIER DELIVERY" is a registered and copyright trade marks of: - DAILY COURIER DELIVERY INTERNATIONAL
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This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are confidential and may be legally privileged and are solely for the individual or entity to which they are addressed. If you have received this e-mail in error please delete this message and any attachment files, or contact DAILY COURIER DELIVERY Worldwide Express. On Tel: +447017118296 . All business is transacted under our Standard Trading Terms and Conditions a copy of which is available upon request. E. & .O. E. All liability for viruses is excluded to the fullest extent permitted by law.



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