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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: "ibrahim alhaji" <alhajiibrahim20@mailbox.hu>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 00:43:44 -0700
Subject: I HAVE DEPOSITED THE DRAFT WITH FEDEX EXPRESS


* ( BARR,MUSA IBRAHIM & COUNSELORS AT LAW)
PRACTITIONER AND NOTARY PUBLIC &
HIGH COURT REPRESENTATIVE
SUITE 202 OMEGA PLAZA, APAPA

LAGOS NIGERIA
Attn:
Greetings!*

*I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable
Bank Draft of $1,200.000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from
you since that time.*

**

*Then I went and deposited the Draft with FEDEX EXPRESS COURIER DELIVERY
MANAGEMENT, Lagos Nigeria. before I travelled out of the country for a 6
Months Course and I will not come back till end of August 2008. What you
have to do now is to contact the,FEDEX EXPRESS COURIER MANAGER / DIRECTOR 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, 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 which you will send to the FEDEX Express Courier Company to
deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is US
$125.00 United States Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the Fedex
Company. *

**

*Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $125.00
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 Express Courier Company now for the delivery
of your Draft with this information bellow;
Contact Person: DR. CLEM ODILI.
Email Address: (fedexcouriercompany99@yahoo.fr )
PHONE: 234-805-6053068.*

**

*Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to the Fedex Management 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 SecurityKeeping
fee of US$125.00 Dollars for their immediate action. *

*
You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your Draft.
*

*Regards,
Yours Faithfully,
Barr,Musa Ibrahim
*

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