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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: Ups courier service <>
Reply-To: Ups courier service <>
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 2010 10:24:42 +0100 (GMT+01:00)

 Good day!!!
I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Conformable Bank Draft of $5.850, 000.00 United States Dollars which I kept for you but I did not hear from you since.

The bank draft worth of $5.850, 000.00 has been Converted into physical cash and registered as consignment with UPS, so you have to contact them with the information below.

Contact Person: Dr. Douglas Wells

Email Address: (
Tel: +229-99-125-155

The only money you will send to them for the deliver to your postal
Address is ($185.00 USD) for Insurance  Fee Finally, make sure
that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct telephone number to
them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery.
Note that you have to pay the insurance fee of $185 before they can issue the tracking number to you ok. and for their immediate action.
Mr James Innocent.

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