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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: ike uche <ike_uche64@live.fr>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 14:43:51 +0100
Subject: FINAL DELIVERY NOTICE



Dear Friend, I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of $1.8 million United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that time. Then I went and deposited the Draft with FEDEX COURIER COMPANY, Cotonou, Benin Republic before I travelled out of the country for a 3 Months Course .. What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX 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 draft 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 & Security Company to deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is ($245.00 US) two hundred and forty-five United States Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $245.00 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. You have to contact the FEDEX COURIER COMPANY now for the delivery of your Draft with this information bellow; Contact Person:PROF BEN BRIGHT Telephone:+229 93968509 Email Address: c.fedexcourier10@yahoo.fr Finally, make sure that you reconfirm the following infomation 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.
The infomations are;1.YOUR FULL NAME;2.YOUR AGE;3.HOUSE/OFFICE ADDRESS4.HOUSE / OFFICE PHONE NUMBERS5.A COPY OF YOUR PICT FOR IDDENTIFICATION 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 $245.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.Do let ME know immediately you recieves your package. Yours FaithfullyMr RANDY WILLIAMS


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