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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: "UPS West London Centre" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jan 2010 01:58:43 -0800
Subject: Confirm Your UPS Parcel Delivery!!

UPS West London Centre
353 Regis Road, Kentish Road
London, NW5 3UP.

Good day to you. We have been waiting for you to contact us for your
Confirmable Package that is registered with us for shipping of your Package to
your residential location. This is to inform you that we are in possession of
your Parcel which includes a certified cheque worth of 250,000.00 GBP and other
vital documents that we facilitate the clearance of the cheque in your country.

Be rest assured that, your cheque has been confirmed valid and true and
delivery will be made once you have met the necessary requirements.

Note that as soon as our Delivery Team confirms your information’s, it will take
only two working days (48 hours) for your package to arrive it designated destination.

This is mandatory, kindly complete the below form to reconfirm your Postal information:


For your information, the Mail, VAT & Shipping fees have been paid by the
Lottery Award Promo Board before your package was registered. What you
need to pay is the Security keeping fee of the UPS Company as stated in our
privacy terms & condition page, in order to secure your Package. The cost for
the Security keeping fee is 185 GBP.

Simply contact our UPS DELIVERY MANAGER Mr.John Farah, at

Tel: + 44 702 404 3916
UPS Online Team Management©1995-2010 UPS.

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