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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: "M.T.N. CASH WINNER " <>
Date: Tue, 08 Jan 2008 03:22:33 +0000
Subject: {Spam?}

Attention: Recipient,
The MTN Foundation Donations, would like to notify you that you have been chosen by the board of trustees as one of the year end recipients of a Grant/Donation cash aid of US $850,000.00 (eight hundred and fifty thousand United states Dollars) as charity donations/aid from the MTN Foundation.
The online draws was carried out through random sampling in our computerized E-mail selection machine from a database of over 1,000,000 E-mail addresses drawn from all the continents of the world. This is to encourage our prominent Microsoft Internet Explorer users all over the world and for the Continuing use of E-mail facilities.
Since the draws was conducted through zonal batching of the emails sampled,and the globe was divided into Zones,You are hereby notified that your winning falls under West Africa Zone,and hence you are to be paid by our West Africa Payment Center.
The MTN Foundation Donation, established 1977 by the Multi-Million groups and now supported by United Nations Organization (UNO) and the European Union (EU),is conceived with the objective of human growth, educational, and community development thereby uplifting the standard of living of people.
How ever, your winning prize as been deposited the Draft with FEDEX COURIER SERVICE, West Africa, What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the expiring date. For your
information, we 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 FEDEX COURIER SERVICE to deliver your Draft direct to
your postal Address in your country is $120.00 US Dollars.and only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except the $120.00US Dollars.
we 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 SERVICE now for the delivery of your Draft send your contact informations to the delivery company for instant delivery,
Mr. Daniel J.Cole
Email Address:
Telephone:+(234) 8074119920
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 $120.00 US Dollars for their immediate action. You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your Draft.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr.Harry Martins

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