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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: "Hon Dr Abbas Danladi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 19 Sep 2009 01:42:10 +0100

Beloved friend,
How are you today, I hope all is well .Be informed that due to your delay , the CASHIER'S CHEQUE worth of US$850,000.00 was converted into ATM-Card which you can withdraw in any ATM Cash Point Machine Worldwide have been programmed by the issuing bank .Note that the issuing bank has package the ATM CARD with the secret code and registered it with FEDEX EXPRESS. Also you will be withdrawing sum of US$5,000.00 per day.Therefore, quickly contact FEDEX COMPANY with bellow information:
Director: Mr.Kelly Brown.
Email addres: (
Tele phone: +229 96 00 14 96

The only money you have to send to FEDEX COMPANY is only US$185.00, according to the director of the issuing bank for the smooth delivery of your package to your door step. Also you should refirm your full NAME, ADDRESS, TELE PHONE NUMBER AND DRIVER'S LIC OR PASSPORT to them to avoid wrong delivery.

Yours faithfully.
Hon Dr Abbas Danladi

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