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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. Sherly Osward" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2010 07:36:07 -0400

Dear Valued Customer,

I have been waiting for you to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of $900,000.00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that time. Then I went and deposited the Draft with FEDEX COURIER SERVICE, West Africa, I travelled out of the country for a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till end of november.

All you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE 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 Charge, 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 except the security keeping fees which will be paid by you.

The only money you will send to the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE to deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is ($100 USD) Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. I have to let you pay this yourself because i do not know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.

You have to contact the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE now for the delivery of
your Draft with this information bellow:

FedEx Contact Person: Mr. James Howard

Tel: +234-802-408-0023

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm :

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Telephone Number:
7. Nationality:
8. Place of Residence:

Payment details On how to send The Security Keeping Fee $100 to FedEx accounting officer Mr. James Howard via Western Union Money Transfer Unit
and where To Send it to.

Receivers Name: Mr. James Howard
Receivers Address: 37 Road chelsea Avenue, Abuja.
Country: Nigeria
Text Question: GOOD
Text Answer: GOD
Amount to Send: $100 USD.

To avoid any mistake on the Delivery. And ask them to give you the tracking number after payment to enable you track your package over there and know when it will get to your address. Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $100 US Dollars for their immediate action.

You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your

Mrs. Sherly Osward.
Former Director Presidential Library & Museum
International Online Lottery Co-ordinator.(c) 2010.

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