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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. Rosemary Campbell" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2010 23:48:40 +0800

Customers Service Hours--Monday to Saturday:
Office Hours Monday to Saturday:

Greetings !!!

We have been waiting for you to contact us for your Consignment worth $2,599.9,000.00 (Two Million, Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars), being compensation fund for 24 scam victims, but I did not hear from you all this while.

I have deposited the Consignment with UPS COURIER SERVICE, West Africa, I traveled out of the country for a 3 Months Course and I will not be back until completion of my 3 months course. What you have to do now is to contact the UPS COURIER SERVICE immediately to know when they will deliver your consignment to you because of the expiring date.

For your information, I have paid for the delivery Charge, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the consignment showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorism attack in your Country. The only money you will send to the UPS COURIER SERVICE to deliver your Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is US$99.9 only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except US$99.9.

I would have paid that but they refused, because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage. You have to contact the UPS COURIER SERVICE now for the delivery of your Consignment with this information below:

Find UPS Contact Information Below:
Contact Officer: Emmanuel Abiodun
Tel: +234 703 662 8728

Shipment Code: CPEL/OWN/9857
Parcel Number: EG22724-NG

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

Full Name;........
Home Address;........

Let me repeat again, try to contact them immediately you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay the Security Keeping fee of US$99.9 for their immediate action. You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your consignment.

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Rosemary Campbell

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