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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:

Date: Thu, 29 May 2008 20:30:58 +0200
Subject: Contact The Company For Your Bank Draft.


I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $2.5M. United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since
that time. Then I went and deposited the Draft with Global Trust Courier
Company LTD, Cotonou, Benin Republic as consignment box before I travelled
out of the country for a 3 Months Course in Saudi Arabia and I will not
come back till Match 17th.

What you have to do right now is to contact the Global Trust Courier Company
LTD as soon as You receive the information to know when they will deliver
your package to you because of the expiring date and demurrage accumulation
as well For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charges,
Insurance premium Fee of the (Package )consignment with the company.

The only money you will send to the Global Trust Courier Company LTD to
deliver your Package direct to your Address in your country is ($125.00 US)
Dollars only to enable them obtain the certificate for Proof of Fund
Ownership and claims from the Federal High Court Of Appeal BeninRepublic.

Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $125.00 US
Dollars. 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 Global Trust Courier Company LTD now for the
delivery of your Package with this information bellow;

Contact Person:DR.BRIAN BANK

Tel: +229-97 81 18 29


Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your address 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.

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 $125.00 US Dollars
for certificate of Proof of Fund Ownership as agreed, that will enable
them effect Delivery of the bank draft
package in your home.

Also let me know through email as soon as you receive your Bank Draft.

Yours Faithfully,

Chiyere Ugo

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