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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Sat, 15 Sep 2007 18:56:01 +0100 (BST)

Head Office: Unit 6, Marino Way,Hogwood Lane Industrial Estate
Finchampstead Berkshire RG40 4RF England.
Tel: + 44 703 191 2511

Welcome to Air Parcel Couirer Services Limited

Our services extend beyond UK and European parcel delivery. World-wide parcel deliveries can also be arranged through our efficient and reliable network. Depending on the size, destination address and deadline, we will determine the most cost effective method of delivering your parcel or shipment to over 220 countries throughout the world.

Air Parcel Couirer Services Limited have a reputation as a fast and reliable international and domestic courier service available 24 hours a day and seven days of the week, we are fully affiliated to the lottery service for over Ten year now and we have been making delivery and transfer of winnings to oversea winner around the globe.

Worldwide delivery solutions
It doesn't even matter if there are special considerations for your international delivery - for instance if your overseas parcel is large, heavy or irregular. As with all our services, one call to Air Parcel Couirer Services Limited and we do the rest. Once we know the details of the package or parcel that requires overnight shipping we'll determine and organise the most cost effective and efficient delivery solution.

The International Lottery Prize
Before we can assist you with your winnings, you are required to email to us a scanned copy of your international passport or any form of identity which will be use for verification from your country's embassy here in the UK. You are also required to email your proper postal address for delivery of your winnings.

With provision of the above requirement you are also requested to choose between the delivery class you wish to receive your winning draft, then the payment guideline for the class of delivery will be given to you to make payment so we can effect delivery asap.

GOLD class delivery
Max Delivery Duration 48hrs
Mailing /freight cost £ 80.00
Insurance £ 90.00
Vat (5%) £ 45.00
TOTAL £ 215.00 GBP.

Premium class delivery
Max Delivery Duration 72hrs
Mailing /freight cost £ 75.00
Insurance £ 80.00
Vat (5%) £ 30.00
TOTAL £ 185.00 GBP.

CLASSIC class delivery
Max Delivery Duration 116hrs
Mailing /freight cost £ 60.00
Insurance £30 .00
Vat (5%) £ 25.00
TOTAL £ 115.00 GBP.

PAYMENT TERMS: We do not accept cash upon delivery (COD) proposal for such package Air sure charge for onward delivery must be paid through our choice of service to our office as instructed within a period of five working days after the receipt of this mail so do make urgent contact with me upon receipt of this mail on the option you have chosen so as to provide you with the payments details required to forward the above stated Cost of delivery please note.

Note: that your prize is protected by a hardcover insurance policy, which makes it impossible to deduct any amount from the money before it has been remitted to you. This means that the above charges cannot be deducted from the prize and hence must be provided by you before your draft is been sent to you.

This is in accordance with section 13(1)(n) of the National Gambling Act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3rd July 1996 by the constitutional assembly.This is to protect winnings and to avoid misappropriation of funds.

We sincerely hope the above information is helpful to you and I would like to thank you for giving us this opportunity to serve your needs. Should you have any further queries, Do no hesitate to write to us.Until we hear from you again ,take care!

Congratulations once again and thanks for writing to us our interest is to satisfy your needs.

Hope to hear from you

Mr Gary Walter

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Air Parcel Express, Inc.


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