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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: "MAXIE.DEVINE" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 23:17:45 +0100
Subject: Notification

The Director,
FedEx Courier Sevice
FedEx Nigeria Head Office:

70 International Airport Road
Mafoluku, Lagos.
Office Tel: +234809853612

Dear Valued Beneficiary,


This is to notify you that your parcel is still in our possession, this parcel contained

an International Cashier Bank Draft/Cheque worth the sum of Four Hundred And Fifty

Thousand United State of America Dollars, ($450,000.00) only and it is ready for delivery

to your door step. Meanwhile, before the delivery or shipment will take effect, you are

advice to send to us the following data’s mention below:

1.Your Names:

The above requested information’s will enable us deliver your parcel correctly without

any mistake or delivering your parcel to a wrong person. Further more, you might be

asking yourself how come this email, cheque or draft, Anyway, your cheque was brought to

this office by a Lottery Fiduciary Agent Or Claim Agent which you normally called your

partner/good brother, signifying that you are a rightful winner to their Lottery Award

selected randomly from 10 lucky email addresses which your email address is one of the

lucky email address.

FedEx courier service now mailing you as per your parcel that was brought to this company

to be delivered to you by lottery groups, along the delivery process that brought a

misunderstanding between you and your lottery claim agent and in regards of their request

as per their insurance certificate cost and tax fee which happened to be the course of

your parcel being pending for the past months/one year. Meanwhile we are hereby happy to

inform you that the FedEx Company has finalized everything with the Nigeria Deposit

Insurance Corporation, and the Internal Revenue tax office as the company organization

has also listed 24 valuable parcel’s to be intact in their office after the released of

the parcel’s from the Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation and Internal Revenue


We are happy to inform you once again that your parcel that contains the sum of

($450,000.00) is among the 24 parcel’s listed which is now in our office and also with

your name as the receiver despise that we lost your private residential address which is

an indication that you can now re-send your residential address, telephone as stated

above back to the FedEx company where your parcel can be delivered to you without

hesitation with this e-mail ( )

Meanwhile remember that the sender of this parcel to you that’s the fiduciary agent still

owes this company the sum of $100 usd before the incident occurs, Note that this fee is

not just for the delivery of your bank draft only but it includes the immigration

authorities and customs stamp duty fees which is the $100 usd, this company has spend out

their incomes in the process of recovering back your parcel, so dear customer we once

again appreciate your patronage in our favor. Without hesitations you are to pay for

just the balance left by your sender since we have lost his contact. This payment have to

be sent via western union money/money gram transfer with the below payment information so

that your parcel can be delivered to your residential address before it accumulate a

demurrage after one week only,as you know your parcel is not just an ordinary parcel but

with a huge amount and I think you understand what I mean by accumulating a demurrage?

Which you will not allow to happen to your recovery parcel that almost go We assure you

that your parcel will arrive at your country in two working days time and it will get to

your door step the third day as soon as this company receive the balance left by your

sender. The tracking number of your parcel including shipment airway bill will be sent to

you via e-mail immediately so that you can track it yourself to see your parcel coming on

the way and you will also know when it will arrive at your country because we operate in

trust and loyalty in your favor. FedEx Courier Service Company hereby inform all their

customers by eradicating all their communication with the scam mails that are going

all-over the world to be careful with their e-mails so that your parcel will not be in

danger with their evil planes.

FedEx provides access to a growing global market place through a network of supply chain,

transportation, business and related information services.


Payment Receivers Name: Daniel Nwosu
Senders Name: ------------????
Senders Address------------????
Use The Text Question: Mailing
Use The Text Answer: Confidential
Destination; Mafoluku, Lagos. 23401 Nigeria
MTCN Number...
Amount0$100 dollars.
Country: Nigeria

Please you have to send the full payment information including the MTCN Number for we to

fully proceed on your parcel delivery.

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