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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. Hilda Martins" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 13:03:11 +0200

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I have been waiting for you to contact me for your Trunk Box worth 1,650,000.00 (One Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars), being compensation fund for 150 scam victims, but I did not hear from you all this while. I have deposited the Trunk Box with royal shace courier service, West Africa, I travelled out of the country for a 4 Months Course and I will not be back until completion of my 4 months course. What you have to do now is to contact the Royal shace 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, and Clearance Certificate Fee of the consignment showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorism attack in your Country. you are to send to the Royal Courier Service to deliver your Trunk Box direct to your postal Address in your country with the sum of 200 United state dollars being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except 200 United state dollars.
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 Royal Courier Service now for the delivery of your Trunk Box with this information below:
Contact Agent: Mr. Solomon Smith
Email Address:
Your full information will be required from you

Request for the tracking number of the Trunk Box to enable you track and know when it will get to your 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 200 united state dollars for their immediate action. You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your consignment.

Yours Faithfully,

Mrs. Hilda Martins

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