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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 SANDRA MEGAEGO" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 Nov 2010 08:32:51 +0100
Subject: International Cashier's Bank Draft

have raised and signed an International Cashier's Bank Draft

Hello Dear,

You might find it so difficult remember me. Though, it is indeed, a very
long time. On my singular, I am much delighted and privileged to contact
you again, after couple of years now. It takes fate, courage and God's
fearing to remember old friends and at the sometime, to show gratification
to them, despite circumstances that made things, not worked out as we
projected then.

I take this liberty to inform you that, the transaction we were pursing
together, finally worked out by God's infinite mercy and I decided to
contact you, just to let you know. You are advised to stop any further
communication with your local representative(s) any officials (s)
department whom may call you or email concerning the check draft what sum
of $2.5 Million Dollars, accept Mr. Mark Anderson. You are advice not to
accept any fax or telephone calls that does not come from him.

Because he is the only person I left the order how to deliver the check
draft to you, and you may call him immediately you received this message
for more information through the instruction I left, I have conscience as
a human beign, due to your tremendous effort and contribution to make
things work out in retrospect.

Meanwhile, I must inform you that, I am presently in Germany. For numerous
business negotiations and establishment. I just arrived yesterday night
and checked in, in an hotel and decided to go down to the hotel business
centre to mail you. Now, with my sincere heart, I have raised and signed
an International Cashier's Bank Draft,

to the tune of USD$2.5,000,000.00 (TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND
your dedication, humanity and contribution, assist here.

Please, contact him now, my confidential secretary; his name is Mr. Mark


Directors Name: Rev Mark Anderson
Companys Name: FEDEX Courier Company

You are to forward to him, the following Details.

1. Your Full Name.........................
2. Your Home & Office Address Where Your Draft Can Be Deliverd..............
3. Your Office & Home Tel Phone...........
4. Your Country Location..................
5. Sex...........
6. Age.....................
7. Your Identification..............

He will advise you further about the shipment of the Fedex Courier Company
to your Residence Address or Office Address you may provided. Feel free to
reach him via Email Address and
Most importantly, the ICBD has only validity period of 21 banking days.
So, your early response to that effect, shall be admired. You have to mind
the days on route shipment.

Sincerely Yours

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