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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: alex_agu13@zipmail.com.br
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 21:12:03 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?CONTACT=20FEDEX=20EXPRESS=20COURIER=20COMPANY=20?=

Attention,
I have Paid for the delivery fee for your Cheque Draft.but the manager of
Financial Trust Bank Plc Benin told me that before the check will get to
you that it will expire.So i told him to cash $950,000.00 all the necessary
arrangement of delivering the $950,000.00 in cash was made with FEDEX EXPRESS
COMPANY DIRECTOR.
Below is the needed information to enable them deliver your fund to you
immediately. the only fee you have to pay them is $85 usd that they will
use to obtain insurance certificate and claims of affadvite that will prove
that the parcel that consist total sum of $950.000.00 belong to you be
rest assure that all other fees have been paid by me.

FEDEX EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY
PROFFESOR.IHEME WILLIAMS
EMAIL:fedex_express_courier_198@yahoo.fr
Telephone=====+229-93-046-557
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.COMPANY REGISTRATION NO__________________________4152HGMEXW
7.CODE NUMBER_______________________________________KMCD/BOWL/04152
Thanks and Remain Blessed.
Mr Alex Agu







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