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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_robert016@zipmail.com.br
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 18:23:26 +0200
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?My=20Dear=20Good=20Friend=2C?=

My Dear Good Friend,

How are you today? I am writing to inform you that I went to the bank to
confirm if the Cheque has expired or getting near to expire and Mr.Ahmed
Zafa the Director of Central Bank of West African States(BCEAO) told me
that before the cheque will get
to your hand that it will expire.So I told him to cash the US$2.5MILLION
US DOLLARS to cash payment to avoid losting this funds.However, all the
necessary arrangement of delivering the US$2.5MILLION US DOLLARS in cash
was made with FEDEX SPEED SERVICES COMPANY LTD. in Cotonou Benin Republic,please
make sure that you abide with their rules and regulation.

Mr.Ahmed Zafa the Director of Central Bank of West African States(BCEAO)
Cotonou have already package the sum of
US$2.5MILLION US DOLLARS in cash for me. Then he also agreed to help me
to Register the Consignment with FEDEX SPEED SERVICES COMPANY LTD. Infact
I'm happy that every movement I made went successfully.As for our agreement
with the FEDEX SPEED SERVICES COMPANY LTD. they promised that your consignment
will leave this Country on monday next week immediately after you have completed
all their neccessary requirement, But the Director of the FEDEX SPEED SERVICES
COMPANY LTD. said that they need your contacts informations to able them
meet up with you immediately the Diplomat Agent arrived in your Country
and you are required to write a letter of application to the given address
below.

ATTN: Mr.David Perez
TEl: +:229-9305-8015
EMAIL:fedexspeedservicecompany@yahoo.fr

Please, Send them your contacts information to able them locate you immediately
they arrived in your country with your
CONSIGNMENT BOX. This is what they need from you and you should be aware
that before the dilomat will start coming to your
country, you will pay for the yellow tag and stamp fee before the diplomat
agent will start the journey with your consignment box.

1.YOUR FULL NAME
2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS.
3.YOUR CURRENT HOME TELEPHONE NUMBER.
4.YOUR CURRENT OFFICE TELEPHONE.
5.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE
6.YOUR OCCUPATION
7.YOUR MARRITIAL STATUS
8.YOUR STATE/COUNTRY/CITY

Please make sure you send this needed information to the Director general
of FEDEX Speed SERVICES Company LTD, with their
address given stated above.

Note. FEDEX SPEED SERVICES COMPANY LTD. don't know the contents of the Box,
I registered it as a BOX of an Africa cloths. They don't know it contents
money so please keep it confidential until you receive the consignment box
in your doorstep. this is to avoid delaying of your consignment BOX. don't
let them know that the consignment box contain money inside the Box.

I am waiting for your urgent response. You can even call the Director of
the company with this line:+229-9766-2422

Thanks and Remain Blessed.
Mr. Robert Mark






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