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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: "cradafam2007" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 07:46:11 -0700
Subject: Final shipment of your Consignment.


I have been waiting for you to contact me for your Consignment worth of
US$1.2M,{One Million ,Two hundred thousand United States Dollars), but I did
not hear from you since that time.

I travelled out of the country for a three Months Course Training and since
Zimbabwe had no international postal service, I had to travel to West Africa
to deposit your Consignment with GLOBAL Courier Service Company.

What you have to do now is to contact the GLOBAL COURIER SERVICE
Company.please contact the assistant Director as soon as possible to know
when they will deliver your consignment to you.

Please Note that I did not disclose the content to them I only told them
that it is your family treasure for your information,

I have paid for the delivering Charge and Insurance premium.

Go ahead and contact them with the information below to know when your
fund will be delivered to you once again contact them with your full details
as fellows.

(1) Full Name,,,,,,,,,
(2) Address,,,,,,,,,
(3) Direct telephone number,,,,,

Contact Person: Maxwell Fred.
Email Address:

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and direct
telephone number to them again to avoid mistake on your Delivery and ask
them to give you the tracking number
to enable you track your Consignment 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.


Afam Ilogu.

Final shipment of your Consignment.

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