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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:

Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 03:38:02 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?CONTACT=20THEM=20IMMEDIATELY=20FOR=20YOUR=20FUND?=

Dear Friend, Greetings!

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank

Draft worth of (usd $1.500.000.00)ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED
STATE DOLLARS which my boss left with me before he travelled out,but I did
not hear from you since that time. Then with the help of a friend who is
a bank
manager I cashed the money and deposited it as a BOX containing African

clothes with FEDEX COURIER COMPANY PLC, Cotonou, Benin Republic.

What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX COURIER COMPANY as soon
possible to know when they will deliver your package to you. For your
information, I have paid for the delivering Charge and Clearance Certificate

Fee of the package.

The only money you will send to the Courier & Security Company to deliver

your package direct to your postal Address in your country is ($85.00 US)

EIGHTY FIVE UNITED STATE 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 $85.00 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

package with this information bellow;

Contact Person: DR. PAUL OBI
Telephone:+229 93904605
Email Address:

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm the following infomation to them again

to avoid any mistake on the Delivery.
The infomations are;


Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail
avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping
of $85.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.Do let me know immediately

you recieves your package

Yours Faithfully,

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