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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: "jamsewilliams8 Gazeta.pl" <jamsewilliams8@gazeta.pl>
Date: Mon, 2 Jun 2008 15:39:57 +0200
Subject: COURIER SERVICE COMPANY


(SAMANEGO & COUNSELORS AT LAW)
06 BP 1409 AKPAKPA DODOMEY
COTONOU REPUBLIC OF BENIN.


Dear Friend,


I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your Bank Draft
$950,000.00 but did not heard from you since that time.Then I went and
deposited the Draft with SHALOM COURIER SERVICE COMPANY here in Benin
Republic, because I travelled to Iraq to see my boss and will not comeback
till next month end.I want You to contact the SHALOM COURIERSERVICECOMPANY
to know when they will deliver your package. I have paid for the delivering
charges and insurance fee.The only money you have to send to them is there
security keeping fee which is $95.00 Us Dollars to received your
package.This is their Contact Address,


Dr.Paul Eri Contact
Director SHALOM COURIER SERVICE COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC.
E-mail:(shalomcuriercompanyplc@yahoo.fr )
Phone number +229-93017559


Try to contact them as soon as possible to avoid increasing the
securitykeeping fee.Below is the information you required to send to them;


Full name......................
Home address......................
Cell phone.......................
Home phone......................
Age.............................
Sex.............................
Country..........................


I gave them your delivering address but you have to reconfirm it tothemagain
to avoid any mistake on the delivering.I am waiting for
yoururgentresponse.You can even call the Director of SHALOM COURIER SERVICE
COMPANYwith this line +229-93017559
Let me know immediately you receive your Draft.


Thanks.

Jamse Williams

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