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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: "joe frank" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 11:54:05 +0100


I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $950,000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you
since for a couple of weeks now.Then I went to the bank to confirm if the
draft has expired or getting near to expire and Mr.Neal Joe 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 $950,000.00 USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash
payment to avoid losing this funds under expiration as I will be out of the
country for a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till ending of
Ausut 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 becauseof
the expiring date.For your information, I have paid for the delivering
Charge, 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 ($178.00 US) One Hundred & Five United States Dollars only being
Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far.

Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $178 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
FEDEX COURIER SERVICES now for the delivery of your Draft with this
information bellow;

Directors Name: Dr Willams Koffi
Telephone.......+229-93 178177
Email Address:

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to keep
you updated on the arrival of your consignment 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 Security

Keeping fee of $178.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.

Note this. The FEDEX COURIER SERVICES don't know the contents of the Box.I
registered it as a "family valuable/Treasury".. They did not know the
contents was money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don?t let
them know that box contents money please.

I am waiting for your urgent response.

Yours Faithfully,
MR.Joe Frank

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