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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: "Mr.Terry Johnson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2010 09:30:16 +0800
Subject: Good day TO You!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good day TO You!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of $850,000 United States Dollars,

but I did not hear from you since for a couple of weeks now. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has

expired or getting near to the date of expire and Dr.Jackson the Director Bank of Africa told me that before the

draft will get to your hand that it will not expire.

So I told him to cash the $850,000 USD UNITED STATES DOLLARS to cash payment to avoid losing this funds under

expiration as I will be out of the country for a 3 Months Course

. What you have to do now is to contact Fedex EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY as soon as possible to know when they will

deliver your Consignment to you because of the expiring date. For your information,i have paid for the delivering

Charge, and premium Insurance .

The only money you will send to the Fedex EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY to deliver your Consignment direct to your postal

Address in your country is($190 .00 USD) One Hundred United States Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of the

Courier Company so far. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $190.00 US Dollars.

I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.

So you have to contact Fedex EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY now for the delivery of your Draft with this information

So Make sure you contact Mr Thom Chris Fedex Controller Lagos Nigeria

Directors Name: Mr Thom Chris
Cell Phone :+234 802 1343452

1,Your Full Name:
2,Your Delivery Address:
3,Your Cell Phone Number:
4,Your Age:
5,Your Country:
7,Your Sex:

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any

mistake on Delivery day and ask them to give you the tracking number to enable you track your package over there and

know when it will get to your door step so that you can sign on it. Let me repeat again, Try to contact them as soon

as you receive this mail and ask them how you will make the security fee of $190 usd to them to avoid any further

delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $190.00 US Dollars for their immediate action.

Note this. The Fedex EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY don't know the contents of the Box. I registered it as a BOX of Africa

cloths. They did not know the contents was money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let them know

that box contents is Money ok.

You are to make this payment today via WESTERN UNION OR MONEY GRAM OUTLET in the name of our accounting officer:

You are to forward payment information to us via this email after making the
payment, the details are as follows:

SENDER'S NAME:......................... ..............................
SENDER'S ADDRESS:...................... .........................
AMOUNT SENT:$190..................... ............................... ......
TEXT ANSWER: .we trust
(M.T.C.N)..................... ...................

Upon receipt of the above,modalities to send your certificate and cheque will commence immediately.

We want you to note that your parcel will get to you in 2 (TWO) days after your transfer has being confirmed.

Mr.Terry Johnson

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