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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: Mon, 24 Mar 2008 20:06:58 +0100

Good Day !
We have been waiting for you since to contact us for your
Confirmable Bank Draft of $850,000 United States Dollars which my
husband kept for but we did not hear from you since that time Then I
went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or getting near to
expire and Mr. Justin Yayi the Director Bank of Africa told me that
before the draft will get to your hand that it will expire. So I told
him to cash the $850,000 USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash payment to
avoid losing this funds under expiration as I will be out of the country
for a 4 Months Course and I will not come back till end of July
What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX EXPRESS 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.
The only money you will
send to the Courier Company to deliver your Consignment direct to your
postal Address in your country is ($105.00 US) One Hundred & 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
$105.00 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.
have to contact the FEDEX EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY now for
the delivery
of your Draft with this informationbellow;
Contact Person: Dr Chinedu
Email Address:(
Tel/FAX: +229
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 add
Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive
this mail to avo id any further delay and remember to pay them their
Security Keeping fee of $105.00 US Dollars for their immediate
action.Note this. The FEDEX EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY don\'t know the
contents of the Box. I registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did
not know the contents was money. this is to avoid them delaying with the
BOX. Dont let them know that box contents money ok.
I am waiting for
your urgent response.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr.Jim Peter

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