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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. Rose Wils" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 19:40:38 +0200
Subject: Attention Dear

Attention Dear

I have been waiting for you to contact me on your international certified
bank draft of $800,000.00, cashable anywhere in the world,
but I did not hear from you since then.

I went and I left your Bank Draft with FedEx International - Express Delivery, Courier, West
Africa. At the moment, I'm very busy, I travelled out of the country for 3 Months Course
and won't be back till end of August. You are to get in contact with with FedEx
International, West Africa quickly for the collection of your international
certified bank draft and details when they will deliver your package
because of the expiring date.

For your information, I paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance premium and
Clearance Certificate Fee of the bank draft showing that, it is not Drug Money
or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country except the security keeping fee
which will be paid by you. The only money you will send to the FedEx International, West Africa
to deliver your Bank Draft direct to your delivery Address is ($200 USD) only,
been Security Keeping Fee of the Company so far. I have to let you pay this personally
because i don't know when you will contact them and in case of demur-rage.

Contact the FedEx International, West Africa now for the delivery with this information bellow:

FedEx Contact Person: John Will
Email Address:
Phone Contact : +234-806-759-7790

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm:

1. Full Name & Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Telephone Number:
7. Nationality:
8. Place of Residence:

Details on how to send and where To Send The Security Keeping Fee $200 to FedEx accountant
Mr. Charles Ogbonna FedEx Address: 37 road chelsea avenue Victoria Garden City Abuja, Nigeria
via Western Union Money Transfer or MoneyGram Unit.

Receivers Name: Charles Ogbonna
FedEx Address: 37 road chelsea avenue Victoria Garden City Abuja, Nigeria.
Text Question: GOD
Text Answer: Good

After your payment of $200 To avoid any mistake on your Delivery, Request the shipment details.
Which includes your tracking number to enable you track your package. clearly again, contact
them NOW to avoid delays and remember Your Payment of $200 for their immediate
action on the Secure Keeping of your international certified bank draft.

keep me posted through email once Bank Draft is cleared and remember the less privileged.

Mrs. Rose Wils
Former Director Presidential Library & Museum
International On-line Lottery Co-ordinator.(c) 2010

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