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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: "usman sudeen" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jun 2008 05:50:33 +0200

* My Dear

This is to inform you that arrangements have been concluded as regards to
the shipment of your consignment of funds to your country. I choose to
conclude it and make sure it is off already before contacting you. I found
out that this consignment has been lying here because of non-payment of
shipment fees. This is why I decided to use my connections as the Shipment
officer in charge of the National Security warehouse. (This is where all the
abandoned consignments in Nigeria are kept at the orders of the Government
of Nigeria.) The consignment left Lagos Nigeria yesterday night en-route
country via Germany/Spain. It is metal box, silver in color with a weight of
about 150kg, the box is declared as containing diplomatic /inheritance
documents only. The name of the Courier Company based in Spain is Air
Courier International Ltd

Call me immediately so that I can give you the phone numbers of the courier
company in Spain so that you confirm when the consignment will arrive your

All I need from you now is your full details. (!) Your full names (2) Your
postal address (3) Your private cell phone and fax number. (4) Your
international passport or Drivers lances if you have any.

I choose to do this for you because I studied your file and discovered that
you have paid a lot of money before abandoning this consignment and I
believe you will compensated me well when you receive the consignment.

Note: I know the content of the Box because I could see the amount you are
being owned by the Federal Government. This is why I decided to get
involved. You must also know that this arrangement do not concern all the
people you were dealing with in Nigeria before today as this
consignment/Payment has been surrendered to the Government. Hence my

Waiting for your call +234 806 0343065
or mail. {}
Best Regards,



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