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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: benwilliam <>
Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2007 19:05:06 -0700

Dear Friend,


I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable
Bank Draft of $1,500,000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear
from you since that time. Then I went and deposited the Draft with FEN
WAY COURIER COMPANY, Cotonou, Benin Republic before I travelled out of
the country for a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till end of

What you have to do now is to contact the FEN WAY COURIER 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 Charge, Insurance
premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is
not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country.

The only money you will send to the Courier Company to deliver your
Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is ($105.00 US)
One Hundred & Five United StatesDollars only being Security Keeping
Fee of the Courier Company so far.

Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except
$105.00 US Dollars. I would have paid that but they said no because
they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.
However, do not bother to contact them if you are not willing and
ready to now pay this $105.00 and have the consignment delivered to

You have to contact the FEN WAY COURIER COMPANY now for the delivery
of your Draft with this information bellow;

Contact Person: Steve Martins Oduwaye
Email Address:
Tel/FAX: 00229 9379 0300.

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery
and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your
package over there and know when it will get to your address.

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 $105.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.

You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your

Yours Faithfully,

Mr.Ben  William

Contact Mr. Steve Martins Oduwaye, of FEN WAY COURIER COMPANY   now
on his direct phone: 00229 9379 0300

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