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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: "FedEx" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2011 16:13:48 -0800
Subject: Found: test/test

Plot 8, Ahmed Bello Way
Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.
Direct Line: +2348036333045

Customers' Service Hours--Monday To Saturday 24/7:

Attention: Esteemed Customer,

Greetings to you.

We are hereby passing an essential message to all our valueable customers to be very careful while presenting their receivers Residential address to avoid wrong delivery during delivery process. This Email is from Federal Express (FedEx) regarding your parcel that was suppose to be delivered to you from Mrs. Alice Fert, along the delivery process there was a problem between her and the Nicon Insurance Company in regard of some certificate which covers the security of your package and it happens to be the cause that your package was held from being delivered to you. Meanwhile, we are happy to inform you that our management has sort it out and the Issue has been finalized with the company, so the management which is the company organization has released 24 valuable packages to be delivered to their owners. Therefore be informed that your package which contain an ATM CARD worth of $2 million dollars is among the listed packages ready to be delivered to you once we receive your direct delivery address.

You are to re-confirm to us the below information for direct delivery.

1,Your Full Name:
2,Your Delivery Address:
3,Your Cell Phone Number:
5,Your Country:

Meanwhile consider that the senders of this parcel Mrs. Alice Fert still owes this company the sum of $90 dollars before the problem occurred, furthermore I want you to understand that this company has spent out their income in the process of recovering back your package, so dear Sir/Madam we once again appreciate your patient in our favor, But as the rightful beneficiary of the ATM card, you are to settle for the cost of delivering of your package which is the sum of $90 dollars left to our payment section via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram so that your parcel can be delivered to your residential address.

We want you to know that your package will be delivered to your doorstep within 2 official working days after the day of payment confirmation and the shipment will get to your door step the second day as soon as the payment of $90 dollars is received, Consequently be informed that once your payment is been received as required by the management your tracking Number will be sent to you via e-mail to enable you track your package online to know the arrival date to your resident because we operate in trust and loyalty in your favor. Moreover our management is hereby to inform all their customers to be careful with their email communication to avoid been a scam victim.

2] RECEIVERS COUNTRY---- Lagos / Nigeria
3] TEXT QUESTION------------IN GOD
4] TEXT ANSWER-------------- WE TRUST
3] AMOUNT TO BE PAID---------$90

Once the payment is been made as required quickly forward the below information to us via our Email:


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Collins Nwachukwu
FedEx Dispartch Controller
Direct Tel: +2348036333045

Note: Because of impostors, we hereby issue you with our code of conduct, which is ((FedEx Tracking Number#24) so you have to indicate this code as your subject when contacting or emailing this office:

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