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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. rose dampsey" <>
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2011 10:42:36 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Attn, Please your funds $4.500,000. US Dollars from the United Nations.

Attn. Please,
Happy New Year
I am Mrs. Rose Dampsey "CEO" World Courier Company Ltd (WCC) UK England. This is an official notification of a consignment Marked "Personal Effects" deposited with us on the 1st January,  2011 by a United Nations licensed diplomat Hon.James Brown from Cotonou Republique Du Benin attached to Apex Security Service ltd. It content was said to have your fund valued at Four Millions Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars "$4.5M US Dollars" Since then, we have been waiting for you to contact us for the delivery.
We arranged for the safekeeping of special and valuable packages and baggage in trust for reputable clients that are honest and trustworthy. Please email or fax us the following information below to enable us make the necessary delivery schedule of your consignment to your doorstep.
Proof of Identification: Your Complete name_________________Passport or driver's License__________________ Your Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip Code): _________________ Nearest Airport ______________ Direct Telephone/ Fax Number ______________________ E-mail Address: ____________________
complete the above and send back to us as soon as possible for a possible delivery timetable.

Mrs. Rose Dampsey
World Courier Company Ltd (WCC).
Official ID.
Customer care.
Tel: +44-(0)7500-1836-287,
Fax: +44(0)8700-1376-716.
Attn, Please your funds $4.500,000. US Dollars from the United Nations.

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