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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: "Mrs Patricia Johnson" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 09:31:33 +0100

*Dear Friend,*

*How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family?,I have been
waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of $4.5M
United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since for a couple of
weeks now.Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or
getting near to expire and Mr.James Adams 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 $4,500.000 USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash payment to
avoid loosing this funds under expiration as I will be out of the country
for 4 Months Course and I will not come back till ending of October 2008.

What you have to do now is to contact CHRONOPOST COURIER SERVICES as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your Consignmen to you because of
the expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering
Charge and Insurance premium.The only money you will send to the CHRONOPOST
COURIER SERVICES to deliver your Consignment direct to your Address in your
country is $57.00 only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so
far. Again, dont be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except
$57.00 .I would have paid that but they said no because they dont know when
you will contact them and in case of demurage.You have to contact CHRONOPOST
COURIER SERVICES now for the delivery of your Consignment with their email
as *** <>

*Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your 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.Finally, Endaevour to indicate this
CODE (CP0081) which will prove that you are the owner of the package
deposited in their company.Their email address again is *** <>* and the Manager is Dr
Patrick Martins

You can always email me back on
Also note that I registered it as a BOX of Africa Arts materials. They did
not know the contents was money. This is to avoid them delaying with the

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs Patricia Johnson

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