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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: Dr Ms Cynthia Marcos <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 10:34:06 +0100
Subject: HSBC BANK PACKAGE $5.950M


Good Day.

The UNITED NATIONS IN Affiliation with HSBC BANK have agreed to compensate you
with the sum of US$5,950,000.00, for self support.This is regarding the draws he
organized before he left the office to help individuals to own a self charity
organization also for your to build your Personal Company/organization so as to
help the less privileged children.

This includes every foreign contractors that may have not received their
contract, inheritance sum, and people that have had an unfinished transaction or
international businesses that failed due to Government problems and the World
financial Crisis etc. We found your name in the list of those who are to benefit
from these compensation exercise and that is why we are contacting you.

I'm obliged to inform you that I have Paid the fee for the Compensation award
Bank Draft Cheque, for self support, Mr.Allen Thomas the Director of HSBC BANK
told me that before the cheque will get to your hand that it will expire. So I
told him to cash the $5.950,000.00, to cash payment to avoid losing this funds
under expiration as I will be out of the country for a 3 Months Course and I
will not come back ealier 2011. What you have to do now is to contact the TNT
Express Courier ( ) as soon as possible to
know when they will deliver your Consignment package to you immediatey.For your
information, I have paid for the yellow tag fee and delivery Charge.

The only money you will send to the TNT Courier to deliver your Consignment
Package direct to your postal Address in your country is US$115 only being
Security Keeping Fee for the TNT Courier Service so far. I would have paid that
but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case
of dumourrage on your Package with them.

Please write a letter of application to the given address below:

Manager. kessier Febian
Contact Tel: +229-98-544-887

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address....,nearest local and
international airport..., Direct telephone number..... contact address.... and
Your Passport or Driver's licence.... to avoid wrong delivery, they will issue
you a delivery code#, to enable you track your consignment box and know when it
will get to your address.

Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to
avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of
$115.00 for their immediate action to deliver urgently. Note this. The TNT
Courier don't know the contents of the Box Package. 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 contains money ok.

We are sorry for the past inconvieneces

Dr Ms Cynthia Marcos

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