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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: "Edward Mark" <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2008 10:36:34 -0700


I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $850,000 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since
that time. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or
getting near to expire and Mr. Justin Yayi 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 $850,000 USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash payment to
avoid losing this funds under expiration as I will be out out of the country
for a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till end of August 2008.

What you have to do now is to contact the DHL COURIER 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 delivering Charge,
Insurance premium.

The only money you will send to the Courier Company to deliver your
Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is being Security
Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far.Again, don't be deceived by
anybody to pay any other money except the keeping fee. 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 the UPS COURIER COMPANY now for the delivery of your
Draft with this information bellow;

Contact Person: Dr. James Blair
Email Address: (
Tel/FAX: +229 93455938

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. 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 for their immediate action.

Note this. The DHL COURIER SERVICE company don't know the contents of the
Box. I registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know the
contents was draft money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Donot
let them know that box contents money ok. I am waiting for your urgent

Yours Faithfully,


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