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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: "chris beto" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 10:20:47 +0200
Subject: Contact Apex Courier for your bank draft

Contact Apex Courier for your bank draft

(Church of Latter Day Saints)
06 BP 1409 Akpakpa Domey
Cotonou,Benin Republic.

Dear Friend,

Greetings to you & your Family.I have been waiting for you since to contact
me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of ($1.2m) United States Dollars, but I
have not heard from you since then,so I went and deposited the Draft with
Apex Courier And Delivery Company ,Cotonou,Benin Republic before I
travelled out of the country for a short Course and I will spend three
months overseas.What you have to do now, is to contact Apex Courier And
Delivery Company as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your
package to you because of the expiring date.For your information,I have paid
for the delivery Charges.The only money you will send to Apex Courier
Company And Delivery Company to deliver your Draft direct to your home
Address in your country is ($106) only,being their Security Keeping Fee of
the Courier Company.I would have paid that but they said no because they did
not know when you would contact them and in case of demurrage.You have to
contact the Apex Courier Company now for the delivery of your Draft with
this information bellow.

Apex Courier Company

Contact Person Dr Nelson Febain

Phone +229-98-11-07-18
Registration Reference No; wwdsc/xxx/100
Code Number:xxxdcsc/6545

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your home address and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and 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 $106 for their immediate action.You should also Let me know through email
as soon as you receive your Draft.

Note. Apex Courier Company do not know the contents of the parcel.I
registered it as my photograph (pix) being sent to a friend overseas. They
do not know that it contains a bank draft of such a huge amount of
money.This is to avoid them tempering with the package. Do not let them know
the contents I am waiting to hear the good news from you.


Pastor Paul Bosi

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