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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: "Mr. Alistair Powell" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jan 2012 20:11:59 +0000


We the management and staff of Multi-National Oil Company have your email address as a winner in our end of year email balloting promotion and have deposited a certified Bank draft of $ United States Dollars which we kept for you, but we did not hear from you since that time. Then we went and deposited the Draft with Authorised Service Contractor for UPS, West Africa. What you have to do now is to contact the UPS DELIVERY COMPANY as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the expiring date. For your information, we have paid for the delivery Charges, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country.

The only charges you will send to the UPS DELIVERY COMPANY to deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is ($205.00 USD) Dollars only being payment for Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $205.00USD Dollars as stipulated by the company. We would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of any demurrage. You have to contact the Authorised Service Contractor for UPS now for the delivery of your Draft with this information bellow:

Contact Person: Dr. Alex Larbi Darko
Email Address :(
Tel: (+233) 543-608-885

Finally, here is the courier contact address Email Address:( make sure that you re-confirm your Postal address(s) 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 that you would provide. However, 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 only $205.00 US Dollars for their immediate action. You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your Draft. CONTACT UPS FOR YOUR PACKAGE 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 that you would provide.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Alistair Powell

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