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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: kalu paul <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 15:13:42 +0100

Dear Friend,
Greetings to you & your Family.
I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of $1.2M United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that time ,Then I went and deposited the Draft with Shalom Global Security Courier Company,Cotonou, Benin Republic before I travelled out of the country for a short Course and i will not come back till end of next Month.What you have to do now is to contact the Shalom Global Security Company as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the expiring date.
For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charges, Insurance fee and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is not a Drug Money nor to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country,The only money you will send to the Courier & Security Company to deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is ($95) only being their Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far.
Again, Don't deceive by anybody to pay any other money except $95.00,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 the Shalom Global Security Company now for the delivery of your Draft with this information bellow. Director Shalom Courier Company Benin Republic. E-mail: ( )
Phone number +229-9300-3242.Registration No; Eg2272Code Number::01721457
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and 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 $95 for their immediate action.You should also Let me know through email as soon as you receive your Draft.________________________________________________________________________________________________Note. The SHALOM COURIER COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC don't know the contents of the Box. I registered it as a Box of an Africa cloths. They don't know it contents money. this is to avoid them delaying with the Box. don't let them know what is contains.I am waiting for your urgent response. You can even call the Director of SHALOM COURIER COMPANY with this line +229-9300-3242.
Yours Faithfully,Dr.KALU PAUL.

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