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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: "JOHN RACE" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 17:21:14 +0200

Good Day

I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick yourpackage box
which contents your $1.500,000.00, but did not heard from yousince that
Then I went and deposited the package with UPEXPRESS COURIER SERVICE here in
Benin Republic, because I travelled to Iraq to see my boss and will not come
back till next month end. You can stop any commication with any one because
you fund is now registerd with this company.
I want You to contact the UPEXPRESS COURIER SERVICE to know when they will
deliver your package. I have paid for the delivering charges and insurance
fee.The only money you have to send to them is there security
keeping fee which is Euros 120.00 to received your package.

E-mail: (
Try to contact them as soon as possible to avoid increasing the security
keeping fee. For your best information don't let their diplomatic
agent knows the contents of this package, Is only they director Dr PETER
DANIEL knows the contents of this package as he is the one helps me to cash
your bank draft in bank. I gave them your delivering address but you have to
reconfirm it to them again to avoid any mistake on the delivering.
Reconfirm below information to the company.
Your Full Name-----------------------
Your Address---------------------------
Home telephone---------------------
Office telephone---------------------
Your pic----------------------------------
Your company registration number ---------EM5507439
Code number-----------------------------------------48SEIO41
Let me know immediately you receive your package and sheck the contents
wheather the complete of the total $1.500,000.00
Bless You.
Mr. John Mark
TEL +229 93 692129

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