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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: Rev.Fred Martins <>
Date: Fri, 3 Oct 2008 12:18:44 +0100

Dear:Friend, I am the secetary to Mr.Peace Morgan,he is compensating you for the past transaction you could not be able to finish with him! he leave a check of your name to me in the office. I advice you to Contact the FedEx courier services for the delivery of your cheque to you, because i am traveling to South Africa for two months vacation, and I will not be having time to check my mail box till I come back. I have given your cheque to the courier company and have also instructed them that you are the beneficiary of the check and that you will be contacting them as soon as possible. The FedEx contact information are below: FedEx Remittance DepartmentADMIN OFFICER - Mr. Brain CoxEMAIL ADDRESS - < TELEPHONE :+44-703 198 8951 +44-703 196 0780 You are to contact them with the following information so that they can confirm you as the original beneficiary to the cheque. FULL NAME:AGE: COUNTRY:MARITIAL STATUS:SEX:PRESENT ADDRESS:OCUPATION:TELEPHONE NUMBER: As soon as you contact the courier services and finalize with them, you get back to me let me know if you have received your cheque,because i will be on vacation from this weekend. ThanksRev. Fred Martin
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