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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: "SUSAN MILLS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 23:36:44 -0700
Subject: RE: YOUR FUNDS !!!

Attention :

I just want to inform you that I have packaged and deposited your TRUNK BOX worth 1.5Million USD at the Nigerian International Air Port with Nasuba Express Delivery Services to deliver it to you.

Find Nasuba Express Contact Information Below:
Contact Officer: Mr. Fred Bradley
Tel: +234 8083475523

Shipment Code: CPEL/OWN/9856
Parcel Number: EG2272-NG

Kindly Re-confirm the Dispatch Information for the Delivery by providing the Information stated Below:

Full Name;........
Home Address;........
Shipment Code;.........

Note: The only fee that will be charged is just 125USD for the SECURITY SAFE KEEPING FEE of your trunk box, Because no one is permitted to open up the trunk box as it is against the law because of the documents which has been signed by the President Federal Republic Of Nigeria, If you are willing to get your funds in three working days, Please make fast the payment of the USD125 through the western union money transfer to the details that i shall provide.

Once again,Insurance and delivery charges have been paid for, but the only fee remaining is the SECURITY SAFE KEEPING FEE of 125USD which you will be required to pay. Also note that Nasuba Express World Wide do not know the content of the parcel,I registered it as an African magazine,they do not know it contains 1.5Million USD inside. The TRUNK BOX has a pin code number 8346 to open it when your Receive the Package.

Awaits your shipping information and Security Keeping Fee 125usd so that we can Proceed Immediately.

Best Regards
Barrister Susan Mills

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