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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: Stella Uzoma <>
Date: Thu, 11 Nov 2010 10:03:20 -0800 (PST)

Dear Friend,
I am very happy to inform you that I have been able to work out a new way to which you will receive this your funds as parcel and as it may interest you to know I have been able to get in contact with a Diplomat who is going to deliver the parcel to your door step and as I made the plan he will be delivering a parcel to you and the content of the parcel will be your funds in total of $4.5Million us dollars as it was before although I did not revel to them about the content of the parcel because I simply told them that the content of the parcel is your personal belongings/ family valuables.
Listen, your Funds is still with us but we have deposited your funds as parcel for the delivery. Remember your fund will be registered as family valuables for security reasons under security monitoring department with a seal on it for security reasons according to the management of the despatching company this afternoon he said that You can find their code number by side of the parcel there is a place on it they will write ( 0118 ) when you open it through that side you will see the code to open it so contact and call the delivery company today on this information below,
Contact person: Kalu Hilary
Company Name:Sky View Courier (S.V.C)
Email: ( )
Tel +229-9896-8840
Note that Your fund as parcel will be register as family valuables with code( 0118 )At this point I wish to know your readiness to receive your fund as you will be required to reconfirm your receiving address once more so that I will make sure that I gave them your correct address to avoid any mistake about the delivery they told me that you will be required to pay for the Security Keeping Fee of the parcel for a little rate amount of money which will only


Your Full Name................
Your Home Address..............
Your Country...............
Your current Phone Number ..............
Your Cell Number...............
Your personal identification............
Also I want to remind you that no body will tamper with the parcel until it gets to your destination waiting to hear from you soon about this and dont fail to indicate your direct and current phone number as well.

Mr. Stella Uzoma

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