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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: "Fedex Express UK" <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jul 2010 02:33:58 +0800
Subject: &pound;500,000.00 pounds

Dear Customer,

Kindly contact our delivery department with the details below:

Fedex Delivery Service.
Contact Person:Mr.James Desmond
Tel: +44 704-573-8817.

Good day to you. We have been waiting for you to contact us for
Your Package that is registered with us for shipment by the
Lottery commission to your residence.

Be informed that we are in possession of a Parcel containing a cheque
of &pound;500,000.00 pounds. It is the usual practice of tahis commission to
conduct a proper verification of all Packages that we are to deliver,
to ensure that they are valid.

Be rest assured that the contents in your package has been confirmed
valid and we will commence delivery once you have met the necessary
requirements.For your information, the Mail,VAT & Shipping fees have
been paid by your collegue Board when your package was registered what
you need to pay is the Security Keeping fee of &pound;300 pounds as Board when your
package was registered what you need to pay is the Security Keeping fee
of &pound;300 pounds as stated in our privacy terms & condition page. kindly supply
the below info.

Full name:........
Postal address:......
Direct phone number:.....

Await your Swift Response.

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs.Dupe Bumi,
Dispatch Director.
Fedex Courier LTD &copy;Fedex Online Team Management UK&reg; All rights reserved.
&copy;1995-2010 Fedex Express UK.

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