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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: "kaven morris" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Oct 2008 20:52:34 +0100


Dear Friend,

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank
Draft of $1.5M United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that
time. Then I went and deposited the Draft withFEDEX COURIER SERVICE,
Cotonou, Benin Republic before I travelled out of the country for a 3 Months
Course and I will not come back till end of the year .What you have to do
now is to contact the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE 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 FEDEX COURIER SERVICE to deliver your Draft
direct to your postal Address in your country is ($195.00 US) 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 $195.00US 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 the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE now for the delivery of your
Draft with this information bellow;

Contact Person: Rev William Momoh
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
remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $195.00 US Dollars for
their immediate action.You should also let me know through email as soon as
you receive your Draft.

Yours Faithfully,

Kavin Morris*

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