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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: apu <>
Date: Sun, 01 Feb 2009 20:31:56 -0300
Subject: Reminder

Dear Customer,

We have been waiting for you to contact us for your Package that is been
registered with us for shipping to your residential location. We had
thought that your sender gave you our contact details. It may interest you
to know that a letter is also added to your package. However, we cannot
quote its content to you via email for privacy reasons. We understand that
the content of your package itself is a Bank Draft worth of $800,000.00
Eight Hundred Thousand US Dollars). As you know, FedEx does not ship money
in CASH or in CHEQUES but BANK DRAFTS are shippable. The package is
registered with us for mailing by your colleague as claimed, and your
colleague explained that he is from the United States but he is here in
Nigeria for a three (3) month Survey Project as he works with a
construction firm in Nigeria West Africa. We are sending you this email
because your package is been registered on a Special Order. What you have
to do now, is to contact our Delivery Department for immediate dispatch of
your package to your residential address. Note that as soon as our
Delivery Team confirms your information, it will take three (3) working
days (72Hrs) for your package to arrive its designated destination.

For your information, the VAT & Shipping charges as well as Insurance fees
have been paid by your colleague before your package was registered. Note
that the payment that is made on the Insurance, Premium & Clearance
Certificates, are to certify that the Bank Draft is not a Drug Affiliated
Fund (DAF) neither is it funds to sponsor Terrorism in your country. This
will help you avoid any form of query from the Monetary Authority of your
country. However, you will have to pay a sum of £150 GBP which is
equivalent to $300 USD to the FedEx Delivery Department being full payment
for the Security Keeping Fee of the FedEx Company as stated in our privacy
terms & condition page. Also be informed that your colleague wished to pay
for the Security Keeping charges, but we do not accept such payments
considering the fact that all items & packages that is registered with us
have a time limitation and we cannot accept payment without knowing when
you will be picking up the package or even respond to us.. So we cannot
take the risk to have accepted such a payment incase of any possible
demurrage. Kindly note that your colleague did not leave us with any
further information. We hope that you respond to us as soon as possible
because if you fail to respond until the expiry date of the foremost
package, we may refer the package to the British Commission for Welfare as
the package do not have a return address. Kindly contact the delivery
department (FedEx Delivery Post) with the details given below:

Contact Person: Agent Rechard Raynor.
Tel: +2348059074250

Kindly complete the below form and send it to the email address given
above. This is mandatory to reconfirm your Postal address and telephone


As soon as your details are received, our delivery team will give you the
necessary payment procedure so that you can effect the payment for the
Security Keeping Fees. As soon as they confirm your payment of £150 GBP
which is equivalent to $300 USD, they shall immediately dispatch your
package to the designated address. It usually takes 72 Hours being an
express delivery service. Note that we were not instructed to email you,
but due to the high priority of your package we had to inform you as your
sender did not leave us with his phone number because he stated that he
just arrived Engla nd and he was not on phone yet. We indeed personally
sealed your Bank Draft and we found your email contact in the attached
letter as the recipient of the foremost package. Ensure to contact the
delivery department with the email address and ensure to fill the above
form as well to enable successful reconfirmation.

All responses must be forwarded to:

Yours Faithfully,
FedEx Online Management Team

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