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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: TNT COURIER SERVICE <btntdept@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 06:13:39 +0000
Subject: COURIER COST/CLAIMS OPTIONS










TNT COURIER SERVICE (TNT)Customer/Delivery Services DepartmentADDRESS OF HEAD OFFICE: TNT INTERNATIONAL Central Pk Est/Mosley Rd,Trafford Park Manchester ,M17 1TT UK. Client Service Manager TNT,


ATTN : Winner,
ORDER NUMBER:D562725
Welcome to TNT COURIER SERVICE (TNT)We are a courier company that ensures a safe, sound and secure delivery of your parcels, making sure you get them when expected. Your particulars have been received in this office.This means that you have been officially cleared for payment of 500,000.00 GBP = 988,000.00 USD.by the Verifications Dept. at the HeadQuarters of the Free Lottery International.Your Winning Cheque, Original Copy of your Winning Certificate, together with a covering document (Money Laundering protection and Letter of Affidavit for Claims) from the British Government stating that the money was obtained legally through their Free Lottery International promotion will be sent to you as soon as you choose from any of the option stipulated below. Your package containing your cheque, original copy of your certificate and security documents . Kindly provide us with the information requested below accurately to help us deliver your package as the information provided will be used to contact you and the address provided is where your winning package will be shipped to. When This is done you will be issued a tracking number with which you will be able to monitor your package online.Contact Name:
Residential Address:
Sex:
Age:
Occupation:
City:
State:
Postal Code:
Country: Telephone Ext.: Package Contents: Cheque, Winning Certificate and Security Documents. Delivery time :.....................( time of recipient's availability)
Service Options: You are required to select a service option below. The options, together with their associated conditionsare presented below: Option:1TNT EXPRESS DELIVERY (Same day parcel delivery )Mailing...............................£105.00Insurance.............................£430.00Vat (5%)..............................£034.00TOTAL.................................£569.00========$1,074 USD Option:2TNT PREMIUM SERVICE (Next day parcel delivery )
Mailing &n bsp;.......................£75.00Insurance.............................£350.00Vat (5%)..............................£038.00TOTAL.................................£463.00========$875 USD Option:3TNT REGULAR SERVICE(3working days)Mailing ;.............................£60.00Insurance.............................£300.00Vat (5%)..............................£019.00TOTAL.................................£379.00========$ 715 USD
The charges are a little bit high because of the Hardcover insurance Policy we have undertaken incase of loss,Damage or Theft of your highly sensitive document and funds. We assume all responsibilities incase of any eventualities and we don't deliver on cash on delivery(C.O.D) because we don't accept cash.
This is in accordance with section 13(1)(n) of the national gambling act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3RD july 1996 by the constitutional assembly.This is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds. This company declined reverse payment for these charges, stating that it is against their professional policy towards ensuring the safe delivery of the cheque to you,that if a reverse payment is made, and something goes wrong, that we/you cannot sue the courier company or insurance company to recover the full value of the fund as stipulated in the cheque since payment for insurance cover was not made at point of mailing.With the above reason, reverse payment is ruled out.Meanwhile, you will be issue a tracking number to monitor your package online after chosen any option which is suitable for you for payment. Please respond to this email by making a selectionfrom the three options above. Good luck and Congratulations once again. Please sendyour response within the next 24hrs to this same email address. Best Regards, MR.ANDY JERRY
Client Service ManagerTNT COURIER SERVICE.Open 7days-24hrs-365days.TEL:+447031933898
+447031968926 +447031918453FAX:+448704783073

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