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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. Rose Wils" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2010 18:36:54 -0700
Subject: Confirm your package status immediately

Attention Dear

I have been waiting for you to contact me on your international certified
bank draft of $1.500,000.00, cashable anywhere in the world, but I did not
hear from you since then.

I went and I left your Bank Draft with FedEx International - Express
Delivery, Courier, West Africa. At the moment, I'm very busy, I travelled
out of the country for 3 Months Course and won't be back till end of
September. You are to get in contact with with FedExInternational, West
Africa quickly for the collection of your international certified bank draft
and details when they will deliver your package because of the expiring
date.For your information, I paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance
premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the bank draft showing that, it is
not Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country except
the security keeping fee which will be paid by you. The only money you will
send to the FedEx International, West Africa to
deliver your Bank Draft direct to your delivery Address is ($185 USD) only,
been Security Keeping Fee of the Company so far. I have to let you pay this
personally because i don't know when you will contact them a
nd in case of demur-rage.

Contact the FedEx International, West Africa now for the delivery with this
information bellow:

FedEx Contact Person: Kema Dons
Email Address:
Phone Contact : +234-805 4956 220

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm:

1. Full Name & Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Telephone Number:
7. Nationality:
8. Place of Residence:

We also want to inform you about our cleint who received his draft from us.

Here is the tranking information of our client check.
fedex courier service.
Tracking # 8726 3531 0641

Details on how to send and where To Send The Security Keeping Fee $185 to
FedEx accountant Mr. Marvin Obi
FedEx Address: 37 road chelsea avenue Victoria Garden City Abuja, Nigeria
via Western Union Money Transfer or MoneyGram Unit.

Receivers Name: Marvin Obi
FedEx Address: 37 road chelsea avenue Victoria Garden City Abuja, Nigeria.
Text Question: who do you belive?
Text Answer: Christ

After your payment of $185 To avoid any mistake on your Delivery, Request the
shipment details.
Which includes your tracking number to enable you track your package.
clearly again, contact them NOW to avoid delays and remember

Your Payment of $185 for their immediate action on the Secure Keeping of your
international certified bank draft.
keep me posted through email once Bank Draft is cleared and remember the
less privileged.

Mrs. Rose Wils

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