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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 ude" <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 09:30:24 +0100

*Dear Sir/Madam*
*I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of 1.2 million United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you for
a very long time now. Then I went and deposited the Draft with FEDEX
SHIPPING COMPANY HER IN BENIN REPUBLIC , Cotonou, before I travelled out of
the country for a 3 Months Course which I will not come back till ending
of Auguest 2008.What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX SHIPPING
COMPANY BENIN as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your
package to you before the expiration date of the bank draft.

For your information, I have paid the delivering Charges fees.The only
money you will send to the FEDEX to deliver your Draft direct to your postal
Address in your country is ($155.00US) Dollars only being Security Keeping
Fees. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except
$155.00 US Dollars. I would have paid that but they refused because they
don't know when you will contact them for the shipping due to the delay
deumorage charges.

You have to contact the FEDEX SHIPPING COMPANY now for the delivery of your
Draft with this required information below:
Contact Person : Dr Ben Chika.
Email Address :*
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 ask them to give you the information where
you will pay them their Security Keeping fees of $155.00 US Dollars for
their immediate action.You should also let me know through email as soon as
you receive your Draft.

Mr Joe Ude*

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