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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:

Date: Mon, 7 Mar 2011 06:43:48 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Custom clearance entries document--

Dear Sir/Madam , 

This is to inform you  on how to recover your  consignment/PAYMENT  in
the quickest fashion.: we receive your email,  note that   I have
contacted the diplomat that cargo your payment  to US and  he let me
understand the hole process .


 he  said that the process  they are about to follow will take weeks
and the customs  will like to see the content at the boarder line  and
it is necessary we  avoid it because of what we declare as it will not
mach with what is in the declaration and that is a question to answer .
he told me that we should sick  for custom clearance entries document
to enable them deliver it to you with searching and also make a booking
with their office for they to transfer it  to your destination .

I have contacted the various offices and confirm every information
.right now they have  agree to our condition  to transport  your 
consignment to your destination address  and you will pay their
expenses after you have confirm your consignment  OK .

 They have send me booking form to fill and return to them . this form
you will give me your  full destination t address to put  as the port
of delivering  and exactly date and time to meet you. For security
purpose  you need to leave secrete Q & A  which must be asked
before they handle  it to you . they want us to write a promising note
in cast you do not  pay their fees two weeks after then they will hold
us responsible  . I will send this note to them today as soon as I hear
from you .

And for the custom clearance entries document , the office here charge
$30 for the issuance so on your readiness to follow this betterment
arrangement  try as  fast as you can to send the money  via western
union or money gram.  please send the requested fee $30 via western
union or money gram with the with the name below.

Receives Name:-Godson C. Oteh

Country:-Benin Republic


Question:- Outstanding



Senders Name:-

Mtcn(Money Control Number):-

As soon as you send it forward the information and your full contact
address as well as the time and day you want the delivering  this is a
process of 24 hours entirely  .I want to finish up this transaction
before  this Week runs out.

Waiting to hear from you soon.


Frank Effego.

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