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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: "Mrs.Mazi Nze" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 16:31:59 +0200
Subject: After several attempt to reach you by phone,Now Contact FEDEX COURIER SERVICES FOR YOUR CONSIGNMENT.


I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable
Bank Draft of $1.5M United States Dollars,One Million,Five hundred thousand
united states dollars but I did not hear from you for a couple of weeks now.

Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or getting to
expire and Mr.James Adams the Director Bank of Africa told me that before the
draft will get to your hand that it will expire.

So I told him to cash the $1.5M United States Dollars to cash payment to avoid
loosing this funds under expiration as I will be out of the country for 5Months
Course and I will not come back till ending of November 2008.

What you have to do now is to contact FEDEX COURIER SERVICES as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your Consignment to you because of the
expiring date.

For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge and Insurance
premium. The only money you will send to the FEDEX COURIER SERVICES to deliver
your Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is $105.00 US One
Hundred & Five United States Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the
Courier Company so far.

Again, dont be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $105.00 US
Dollars. I would have paid that but they said no because they dont know when
you will contact them and in case of damurrage.

You have to contact FEDEX COURIER SERVICES now for the delivery of your
Consignment with this information bellow;

The Directors name is Dr.Aminu Yusuf.
International Shipment Director
Telephone: 229 93- 158- 510
Email Address:

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal 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.Finally, Endaevour to indicate
this CODE (CD0081) which will prove that you are the owner of the package
deposited in their company.

Note: The FEDEX COURIER SERVICES dont know the contents of the Box. I
registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know the contents

was money. This is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let them know
that box contain money ok.


Yours Faithfully,

Mrs.Mazi Nze.

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