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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: "tony Morris" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jul 2008 10:34:20 +0200


I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $1,200,000.00 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 Dr.Wilson 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 $1,200,000.00 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
ending of September 2008.

What you have to do now is to contact EXPRESS 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, Insurance premium.

The only money you will send to the EXPRESS COURIER SERVICESS to deliver
your Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is ($135.00
US) One Hundred & Thirty 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 $135.00 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 EXPRESS COURIER SERVICES now for the delivery of your
Draft with this information bellow;

Directors Name: Terry Joe


Email Address:

Web site :

Tel/FAX: +229 9782 4601

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 of $135.00 US Dollars
for their immediate action.

Note this. The EXPRESS COURIER SERVICES don't know the contents of the Box.
I registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know thecontents was
money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let them know
that box contents money ok.

I am waiting for your urgent response.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Tony Moriss.

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