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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:43:32 +0000

TNT Express TNT House Holly Lane, AtherstoneWarwickshire CV9 2RYUnited Kingdom
Website: Tracking Device:
Telephone Number: + (44) 704 570 9700 Reg Order Number: 37096218

Dear Esteemed WinnerThank you for choosing TNT Express Courier Service for your parcel delivery service. We are a diplomatic courier company that ensures a safe, sound and secure delivery of your parcels, making sure you get them when expected.This is to inform you that we are in possession of your Parcel containing a certified cheque, a lottery winning certificate and security documents alongside your consolation prizes which is to be couriered to you. The cheque is valued for £850,000 -Eight hundred and fifity thousand (Great Britain Pounds)

Parcel Description: Certified Bank Cheque, Original Copy of Certificate and Security Documents

Kindly provide us with the information requested below accurately to help us deliver your parcel as the information provided will be used to contact you and the address provided is where your winning parcel will be shipped to:

1. Contact Name: 2. Residential Address: 3. City: 4. State: 5. Postal/Zip Code: 6. Country: 7. Telephone Number (Mobile/Home/Office)

You are allowed to choose one of our three specified delivery arrangements.
Option 1. Express Delivery (24 hours) : Courier Charges = £5.00 Administrative Charge = £15.00 Insurance Fee = £470.00

Value Added Tax = £50.00Option 2. Courier Regular (3-4 Days) : Courier Charges = £2.00 Administrative Charge = £10.00 Insurance Fee = £470.00
Value Added Tax = £30.00

Option 3. Courier Economy (5-6 Days) : Courier Charges = £1.00 Administrative Charge = £2.00 Insurance Fee = £470.00
Value Added Tax = £5.00

NB: The Insurance fee of £470 British Pounds is absolutely compulsory and must be paid before delivery of your parcel. Thereafter, you will be given a Tracking Number to monitor your parcel online.While the Mailing fee along side VAT of any of the above Courier Delivery Option you choose should be paid to the Delivery Agent that will deliver your parcel to your door step. Be informed that the diplomatic content of your parcel are all security documents and it is unethical to ship such documents without proper bonded Insurance Cover in line with the Financial Services Authority policy.This means payment for the insurance fee must be made before shipment to avoid risk.We have had some bad experiences in the past. We can not afford to re-issue your cheque if anything goes wrong

The lottery Board insured your won Cheque in a Bond. Be informed that we do not operate a cash on delivery service for parcels of this nature because of the required insurance.The reason why the lottery board insured your cheque in bond was part of security measures to avoid significant percentages of this money being deducted from several monetary bodies affiliated to the Financial Services Authority whose role is to oversee the transfer of such huge amounts,especially being lottery funds. Transferring the funds through a bond guarantee the safety of the money which remained intact till date

Your Cheque is protected by a hardcover insurance policy, which makes it impossible to make any deduction before it is remitted to you. This means that our courier charges cannot be deducted from the prize. This is in accordance with section(13)1n of the National Gambling Act as adopted in 1993 and amended on 3rd July 1996 by the Constitutional Assembly, this is to protect winners and to avoid misappropriation of funds.Do act accordingly and provide the requested information as soon as possible so that we can avoid any further delays in the delivery of your parcel.On acknowledgement of this email, I will furnish you with information on how to make the required payments.You will be required to sign for the parcel as soon as it is delivered to you thus we will need either a scanned copy of your international passport or your driver's licence for identification purpose. All orders not delivered within seven (7) working days from this communication will be returned. Please ensure that you confirm your delivery address. Thank your for your patronage and anticipated co-operation We are glad to be of service to you

Mr Theo Hoenders for Mr Dempsey Robert William,Divisional Managing Director, Parcels and Packets
TNT Express

This email and any files transmitted with it are intended only for the use of the individual or entity to which it is addressed and may contain information that is proprietary, confidential and exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this communication is strictly prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please delete it and notify us immediately

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