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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 Linda Costa" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2009 22:42:08 +0100
Subject: Contact Fedex Courier Company with this shipment code number (FDX-Bn-RP 9645283)

Hello Dear,

This is to bring to your notice that my office has taking over all the money Transaction originated from any part of African/ Europe and Asia counties etc. as Contract payment, Fund inheritance, Lottery Winning prize, Atm Debit cards, henceforth commercial banks, Security Companies, ATM Credit and Debit Union including any offshore payment centers are no more authorized to handle release of funds.

We decided to release your fund through Diplomatic mode of payment.We have deposited the sum of US$1,500,000.00 in VIP diplomatic box with FedEx Courier Service, Benin Republic to be despatch to you in cash. This is the easist and safest way for you to receive your money.

Please contact (FedEx courier Service) to enable them commence with the delivery of your consignment box containing the sum of $1,500,000.00.

person to contact : Rev Abel Silver
(Delivery department manager)
E-mail: ( ) ( )
Telephone: +229 9630 9036 / +22998593363

Note, that the entire fee has been paid for your delivery so it's probably only $185.00 that remains for you to send to the FedEx Courier Service, Benin Republic which is their Security keeping fee for your consignment box so far.

You are advised to forward all your mailing information to them immediately you receive this mail.

Your country:.....
Your full name:....
Home address:.......
Mobil phone number:......
Office number:.......
Home number:.....

In addition to what i said earlier please, don't disclose the content of the box to them, to avoid delay and finally endeavor to indicate this code number (FDX-Bn-RP 9645283), this code will prove that you are the rightful owner of the VIP box deposited in their company, use it as your subject when your contacting them.

Thanks and remain blessed.

Best regards
Mrs Linda Costa

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