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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:

Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 07:44:00 -0600
Subject: Greeting!!! Urgent


This is to bring to your notice that a bank draft of $750,000.00 United States
Dollars, have been issued in your favor by World Bank from a

random computer e-mail search. I Dr.Kevin Blyth worker in the World Bank have
deposited the draft with us (UPS COURIER EXPRESS), after

much e-mail to you, which you have not replied. I have traveled to
Nigeria now,
I do hope that you will receive this mail and act fast. What you

have to do now is to contact us at UPS COURIER EXPRESS NIGERIA as soon as
possible to know when we will deliver the package to you

because of the expiring date. For your information the delivery charges
Insurance premium fee and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing

that it is not Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country
has been paid.

You are advice to contact the courier services immediately Again, then would
have paid for the security keeping fee but they refused because they

said they don't know when you will contact us and in case of demurrage. You
have to contact us at UPS COURIER EXPRESS NIGERIA now for

the delivery of your Bank Draft valued at $750,000.00 United States Dollars
with this information, All you have to do is contact or furnish UPS

COURIER EXPRESS with your identification for verification of the details there
in their office. Send them the following details with their email

there, as emailing me back will be impossible.

Names in full......................
Residential Address.................
Telephone number,.................

Contact Dispatch Director:
Mr. David Palmer
Telephone Number:+2348134501338

Contact Mr. David Palmer to know when the Draft will get to your address, Let
me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this

mail to avoid any further delay and remember to you should also let me know
through email as soon as you receive your Draft.

Yours Faithfully,
Dr.Kevin Blyth.

Correo Electronico, Gobierno del Distrito Federal.

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