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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2008 13:08:59 +0000

REF Nº: EGS/2251256003/02/BATCH Nº: 14/0017/1PD

Winner, we hereby inform you that we have processed your payment and your cheque is ready for disbursement, along with your winings certificate. Your winnings is not in cash form but in Bank Cheque, this advice complies with the Anti-Fraud section 2, sub section (IV) of the procedural manual of the funds disbursement agreement existing between courier companies and the British Government. Description of parcel to be delivered: An original certificate of weight: ----- 0.15kgBonded draft of weight: ------------------ 0.17kgTotal weight of parcel: ------------------- 0.32kgColour of Parcel: --------------------------- Brown
Your winning cheque has been forwarded to the courier firm that will handle the delivery. It will be delivered to you after you have taken care of the required cost. You are to proceed to your bank with the cheque to cash it as soon as you receive it. You are to contact the courier at once with your full name and address on the requirements to sending your cheque to you. Below are their contact details: Purple Courier Services98 Adler Street,London, E1 1EE. United Kingdom.

Purple Courier Services
United Kingdom.Handling Officer: Mr. Nathaniel James.Email: Tel: +44-703-592-4390LAND-LINE +44-208-425-8863Fax: +44-709-284-5598
You are to keep me fully informed on all developments. Sincerely,
Mr. Anderson Spencer.Tel: +44 704 579 8638, +44 704 579 6447

........................ .............................. .............................. .............................. .............This email and its attachments are confidential and intended for the exclusive use of the addressee(s). This email and its attachments may also be privileged or protected by legal rules. If you have received this by mistake please let us know by reply immediately and destroy the email and its attachments without reading, copying or forwarding the contents.
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