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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: f jim <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 13:02:48 +0100

My Dear Friend!
How are you today? This is to thank you for your effort to help me in the past. I understand that your hands were tied. Not to worry,i have succeeded in getting the money transferred into the account provided by a newly found friend of mine in India.
I am in London with my family presently. To compensate your past assistance and commitments to me, I have made available 10% of the total money which is $1.6M (ONE MILLION SIX HUNDRED UNITED STATE DOLLARS) cash for you. I made it cash because my account officer advice me to do so, he said that since I will not be around, it will be safe to keep cash than to keep check, because of the validity of the check might expire before you get the check. I have, through the help of my account officer packaged the money in a security proof box. The box was sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with machine. It was deposited with IMPEX TRUST COURIER COMPANY for safe keeping, as (Sensitive Photographic Film Material), The Company does not know the original contents of the box. What l declared to them as the content is Sensitive Photographic Film Material, I did not declare money to them please. that is what you will mention to them when contacting them. Also, note that I have paid the delivery fee and insurance fee in advance pending the time you will contact them, so you don't have any problem, the only fee they will ask you is their registration fee which is $105. Below is the Deposit details: Deposit Number: PLCC-101-PL45 Sort/Clearance Code: PLC/101-45/P50 Deposit Certificate N0.: 405576 Consignment Description: 1 Box Sensitive Photographic Film MaterialDepositor: Mr. Frank Jim. Make sure you quote the deposit details well to avoid misinformation.Write a letter of application and quote the deposit details to the given address below. Company: IMPEX TRUST COURIER COMPANY, BENIN REPUBLICContact Person: Dr. Chris mark (Director) Contact Email: dr_chrismark_isu@yahoo.frcontact phone number: +229 930 129 43 Forward your FULL NAME, HOME ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER, and register with them for immediate delivery of your package to your door step. Take good care of your self.Regards,Mr. Frank Jim. NOTE THEIR MANAGER MRS. PAT UGWU IS A VERY CLOSE FRIEND OF MY FAMILY, SHE WILL GIVE YOU SPECIAL ATTENTION IF YOU MENTION MY NAME TO HER. HAPPY CHEERS!!!!!
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