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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: Tue, 5 Aug 2008 21:50:49 +0100


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 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 of the country for a 3 Months Course
and I will not come back till end of octomber 2008.

What you have to do now is for you to contact DHL EXPRESS 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 and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque
showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to
sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country.

The only money you will send to the Courier Company to deliver your
Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is ($155.00 US)
One Hundred & fifty 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 $155.00 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

You have to contact the DHL EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY with information bellow;
Contact Person: DR.JAMES BLAIR
Email Address:(
Tel/FAX: +22993455938

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.

Note that DHL COURIER company does not know that the box contain money it
was registered as an African Clothes,this is to avoid unneccessary delay
with the package.

Yours Faithfully,


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