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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: "missgrace09" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 13:20:48 +0200

Dear Friend

Complement ,this is to inform you due to your inablity to send the
registration fee of your cheque as requested by delivering company,i have
waited for long now yet no result, i then decided to involve the issued bank
to avoid losing of the funds since my boss is yet to returned.

When i got to the bank ,the director told me that the cheque of
1,8000.000.00 has three weeks to expire that after three weeks it will be
invalid then i told the director to convert the check into cash to avoid
losing of the money but he said i have to hire a lawyer before that can be
done since the beneficaiy of the cheque is not here ,a lawyer will be
involve for the signing and the procurement of vital documents needed for

Now am just confused because i don't have the money for that but i have no
choice than to hire a lawyer who will assist me on this matter to avoid
loosing of the money .

After meeting with the bank Attorney he told me that he will arrange for the
documents as well as the signings for the covertion of the cheque into cash
payment but he said i should pay him $2500.00 for the job , then i explained
to him that i don't have the money , i pleaded with him that as soon as the
job is done , then the money will deducted for his payment before anything .

He accepted ,the bank director also assured me that after the convertion of
your check , the money will be packaged in a security box and deposit it
with the bank official security company for save keeping as well as the
delivering of your package to your home address .

Am happy to inform you that the job has been done , the check has been
converted into cash and is right now with United State Parcel Service for
delivery, remember the package was registered as family valuables for
security reasons under security monitoring department with a seal on it for
security reasons .

You can find the code number beside the packaged box, there is a place in it
they wrote TRP , when you open it through that side you will see the code to
open it, so contact the company today on this informations bellow:

Company Name : United State Parcel Service(USPS)Security Department .
Contact Person: Mr Victor Brown:

Note ; your package was register as family valuables , in no condition will
you disclose the real content of your package to anybody till you receive it
in your home for security reasons,email the company , tell them your name ,
tell them that your agent register your package with them for deliver ok you
can tell them my name .

Remember they will ask you for followings :
Your Full Name ................
Your Home Address..............
Your corrent Phone Numbers ..............home
Your Cel Numbers...............
You personal adentification............

While contacting them includes these informations for avoid any further
delays in delivering ok . Meanwhile i will be waiting to hear from you after
your discussion with them ,also i want to remind you that $3000.00 was
deducted from the total sum and this amount includes the registration and
vat cover $500.00 and $2500.00 of the barrister that did the job .

Best Regards,
Mrs Grace Ibeh.

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