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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: "MRS.JESSICA BROWN" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 21:44:24 -0800

Good day to you.

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of $850,000United States Dollars,but I did not hear from you since for a

couple of weeks now.

Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or getting near to the date of expire and Dr.Wilson the Director Bank of Africa told me that

before the draft will get to your hand that it will expire.

So I told him to cash the $850,000 USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash payment to avoid losing this funds under expiration as I will be out of the country for

a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till ending of March 2010. What you have to do now is to contact DHL COURIER COMPANY as soon as possible to know

when they will deliver your Consignment to you because of the expiring date.

For your information,i have paid for the delivering Charge,Insurance premium.The only money you will send to the DHL COURIER COMPANY to deliver your

Consignment direct to yourpostal Address in your country is ($100 USD) one hundred United States Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier

Company so far. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $100US Dollars.

I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.

You have to contact DHL COURIER COMPANY now,for the delivery of your Draft with this information below.

1 Your Full Name:
2,Your Delivery Address:
3,Your Cell Phone Number:
4,Your Country:



Email Address:

Finally,make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and ask them to give

you the tracking number, after you have sent the Security Kepping Fee to them,to enable you track your package over there and know when it will get to your

door step so that you can sign on it.

Let me repeat again,contact them as soon as you receive this mail and ask them how you will make the security fee of $100USD to them to avoid any further

delay any remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $100USD for their immediate action.

NOTE:The DHL COURIER COMPANY don't know the content of the Box. I registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths.They dont know the contents is money this is to

avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let them know that your box content is money okay.

Mrs.Jessica Brown

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