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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: "Mr. Garry L. Sconford" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Dec 2009 23:44:21 +0100
Subject: I have paid the delivery charges

Dear Friend

I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your consignment
but i did not heard anything from you since then, I have deposited the
US$5,000,000.00 with the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY here in Nigeria, because I
traveled to Japan to see my boss and I will not come back till next
year ending.

I have arranged with the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY to get your
US$5,000,000.00 to
you this month and they will be coming to you with the fund inside black
portfolio, I would have deposited the fund with Bank for transfer into
your own
account but the procedure of Bank is too much and they will required
enough fee.

I drop your delivery details with the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY but I will like
you to re-confirm the information to them again so that they will not be any
mistake when coming with the fund. Send the below information to the ALINCO

(1)Full name:

I want you to know that you have all right to declare how you want to receive
your fund, I would have prefer the fund to be transfer to you but I make some
searches about the Bank transfer and they told me that it will cost
you the sum
of US$4,590 to transfer the US$5,000,000.00 into your account. But I have
deposited the US$5,000,000.00 in cash to the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY, below is

Director: Levis Monk
Mobile: +2348096815471

I have paid the delivery charges and insurance fee to the ALINCO SECURITY
COMPANY. The only Money that the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY will require from you
is $55 Dollars for demurrage, if you can pay the $55 Dollars to them,
they will
proceed and get the US$5,000,000.00 to you in your Country. Ps if you want to
contact the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY, you are to contact them with your
portfolio code number which is (PPL111RSS) and your address where you
want them
to delivered. You are to pay the $55 to the ALINCO SECURITY COMPANY to enable
them to proceed and get the cash to you, don't fail to resend your information
to them for your own good.


Mr. Garry L. Sconford

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