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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 Sandra Lundquist <>
Date: Mon, 12 Jul 2010 23:43:33 +0700
Subject: Contact FedEx Courier Company with Shipment Code (PS-1HT60)


I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable
Bank Draft
of $800.000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that
time. Then I went and deposited the Draft with FedEx EXPRESS COMPANY, West
Africa, I travelled out of the country for a Months Course and I will not come
back till end of September.

What you have to do now is to contact the FedEx EXPRESS COMPANY as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because of the
expiring date. For your information,I have paid for the delivering
Charges, and
the Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that
it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country.

Again, I would have paid for the security keeping fee but they said no because
they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage. so it's
probably ($105.00) that remains that you will send to FedEx EXPRESS COMPANY
BENIN REPUBLIC which is their Security keeping fee of your consignment box so
far. You are advice to forward all your mailling information to them
you receive this mail.

First name:
Last Name:

Please make sure you send this needed information to the Director General of
FedEx EXPRESS COMPANY BENIN REPUBLIC, Rev Maxwell Johnson with the
above address.

Dispatch Director Name: Rev.Maxwell Johnson
Email Address: (
Web Site :(
Shipment Code (PS-1HT60)
Telephone: +229-980-726-31/+229-996-163-31

In addition to what i said earlier please, don't disclose the content
of the box
to them to avoid delay and finally endeavor to indicate this code number
(PS-1HTUDH) this code will prove that you are the rightful owner of the box
deposited in their company, use it as your subject when you will be
contacting them.

Be inform that this is FedEx Diplomatic Delivery and not all FedEx staff is
aware of the delivery only the director of foreign delivery department. Do
contact him alone directly on his email or call the director of the
company with
this line: +229-980-726-31

Thanks and Remain Blessed.
Mrs Sandra Lundquist (ESQ)

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