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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 Courier" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Jul 2010 22:40:28 +0430

Dear Customer,
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 $800,000.00 USD.
It is the usual practice of this 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 content in your package has been confirmed valid and we will
commence delivery once you have met the necessary requirement. For your
information, the Mail,VAT & Shipping fees have been paid by the Lottery
commission Board when your package was registered ,what you need to pay is
the Security Keeping fee of $ 170 USD As stated in our privacy terms &
condition page. kindly supply the below info:
~Full Name:.......................
~Postal address:..................
~Direct Telephone Number:.........
Await your Swift Response.
Yours Faithfully,
Mr Federick W. Smith
C.E.O FedEx Express Courier
Direct Line: +234-705-814-1324

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