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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: "frank john" <>
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 02:20:03 +0100
Subject: Goodday,

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $1 Million 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 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 $1 Million USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS to
cash payment to avoid losing this funds under expiration as I will be out
out of the country for a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till
ending of Mach 2008.

What you have to do now is to contact FEDEX EXPRESS COMPANY 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 EXPRESS
COMPANY to deliver your Consignment direct to your postal Address in your
country is ($130.00 US) One Hundred & Thirty 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 $130.00 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 FEDEX EXPRESS COMPANY now for the delivery of your
Draft with
this information bellow;
Directors Name:Rev.Dr.Ugo Marcel
Email Address: (***<>
Tel/FAX: +22993567095

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 $130.00 US Dollars for
their immediate action.

Note this. The FEDEX EXPRESS COMPANY don't know the contents of the Box. I
registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know the contents was
money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let them know that
box contents money ok.
I am waiting for your urgent response.
Yours Faithfully,
Thanks and Remain Blessed.

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