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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: "" <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2010 18:59:42 -0700 (GMT-07:00)

Attention Dear,
I have Paid for the delivery fee for your Cheque Draft. But the manager of Eco Bank Benin told me that before the check will get to you that it will expire. So i told him to cash $2.5Millons, all the necessary arrangement of delivering the $2.5Millons in cash was made with FEDEX COURIER COMPANY.
Be informing that there are some documents to be secured. The only fee you have to send to them is $125.00usd which will serve as the insurance fee and claims of affidavit to enable them deliver the parcel to you immediately.Do contact them and let me know when you have receive your fund, send them your information to enable them deliver your fund to you immediately.

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Do let me know immediately you receive your consignment that consist your fund that i deposited in the FedEx courier company so that we can share the joy together.
Barrister hank kuiper

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