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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: "simschichi08" <>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 12:02:40 +0200

*Hello My Friend,

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmed Bank
Draft of ($850,000) Eight hundred and fifty thousand U.S Dollars, but I did
not hear from you since for a while, Then I went to the bank to confirm if
the draft has expired or getting near to expiring date and Dr.Wilson 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 U.S DOLLARS to cash
payment to avoid losing this funds under expiration, As I will be out out of
the country for a( 3) three Months Course and I will not come back till the
ending of december 2008.

What you have to do now is to contact FEDEX COURIER SERVICES as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your Consignment 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 FEDEX COURIER SERVICES to deliver your
Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is ($150.00 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 $150.00 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

*You have to contact FEDEX COURIER SERVICES now for the delivery of your
Draft with this information bellow;
Directors Name: Dr.Aminu Yusuf
TEL 00229-97832404

Email Address: (*** <>*)
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 $150.00 US Dollars for
their immediate action.*

*Note this. The FEDEX COURIER SERVICES don't know the contents of the Box. I
registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know that the contents
was money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let them know
that the box contents is money ok.

I am waiting for your urgent response.
Yours Faithfully,
Bassy Williams,

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