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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: phillip mores <>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 2009 00:07:54 +0000

Dear Friend,

I have been waiting for you to come down here to pick up your Bank Draft worth $ 1.9 Million since, but I did not hear from you, then I went and deposited the Draft with a ECO BANK, under the care of FedEx because I am traveling to London for a business investment return next month ending.
You are to contact FedEx Nigeria immediately to know when they will deliver your package.

The delivery charges and insurance fee has been paid. The only money you have to send to them is there security keeping fee of $120 to receive your package. Do not be deceived by any body, below is their contact information Customer Service Manager, Mr. Williams Eze Address EMAIL:

Contact them as soon as possible to avoid increasing the security keeping fee. Finally, you
have to re-confirm this information, namely; your complete names,phone Number and residence address to them again to avoid any mistake in the delivery.

Let me know as soon as you receive your Bank Draft.


Mr. Philip Mores

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