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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. Victor Kwasigha" <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 10:53:43 -0700 (PDT)

Attn, Beneficiary,
I, AM, the Director of western union Benin Republic. This is to bring to your notice that, I, have paid the fee of your delivery of your ($1.6million) USD which should have been transferred to you through western union but due to the delay that happen, we now deposited it to the SPEED TRUST COURIER COMPANY BENIN for the delivering of the whole money as CONSIGNMENT BOX to your door step. Because it has less a month to expire and when it expires the money will go into Government reserve. With that I decided to help you pay the delivery fees so that your inherited fund will not expire,
I know when you get your money definitely you must compensate me. Now, your western union payment has been deposited with SPEED TRUST COURIER COMPANY as consignment box for delivery direct to your doorstep. Therefore, I want you to contact SPEED TRUST COURIER COMPANY with your Full Contact information, so that they can deliver your funds to your designated address without any delay. Like I, stated earlier, the delivery charges has been paid but I did not pay their official keeping fees which is $95 since they refused. Because, the Reasons of their refusal is that they do not know when you will contact them.
As of now, I, deposited it on 5/03/2010 therefore, try to contact them immediately to avoid any increase to the security keeping fee okay. Mean while don't forget to reconfirm to them with your.
1, your name =============  
2, your postal address======= 
3, your country ===========  
4, your phone number======= 
5, your age ==============      
6, A copy of your ID=====
Below is their Contact Information, Contact Person: Dr. Kelly Agu, The director SPEED TRUST COURIER Email: ( ) Tel: (+229 9397-8389) let me know immediately you received your consignment box from the courier company.
Best Regard
Mr. Victor Kwasigha


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