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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: "Barry Favour" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Nov 2007 21:25:54 -0000

Dear Friend,
It has been long we communicate last, am so sorry for the delay, I want to Inform you that your cheque of ($1.3Million) Which my boss asked me to mail to you as soon as you requested it, Is Now with the courier Company, And the Name of the Company is GRAYLINK EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC.
But due to some minure issue you fails to respond at the Approprete time, and presently the cheque is with them here Waiting for you to Come and pick it or you send them your Address where you want them to delivered the Cheque in Your Country Immediately.
What you have to do now is to Contact them with your Phone Number, your Postal Address, and your Full Name, so that they will not do Mistake when deliverring the check.
Secondly, You have to send to them again, which the company said that it will cost you only $125 to Delivered the cheque to your Destinated Address without delay, Please Contact them and register with them now, because this is the Opportunity for you to receive your cheque.
Only what you will Contact them with is your Phone number, and Address, and full Name to Avoid wrong Delivery, You should also tell the Company to give you the Information and how you will send them the Delivery fee $125 Immediately you Contacted them before the cheque $1.3 Million will be delivered to your Door step.

Below is their contact informations:
Email address:
Contact person name is ( Mr. Chris Bala)
Direct Cell.......+229-9792-8417.
Please do get back to me as soon as you have contacted the security Company so that i can be able to Addvice you on how your cheque will be Delivered to your Destinated address Immediately.
Mr. Barry Favour.


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