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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: "Mr. Philip Raymond" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jan 2011 14.23.20 +0100
Subject: ATTN: Beneficiary Telephone: +234-705-300-1051 OR +234-705-300-1051.

ATTN: Beneficiary Telephone: +234-705-300-1051 OR +234-705-300-1051.

Courage my dear, I know you will be waiting for the arrival of your Consignment Containing the total amount of your ($ 8.5 million) cash payment compensation Which was sent to you and later returned back due to wrong address provided, I Think there is a mistake in the address giving to me and that has cost me a lot Of strength, thank God that it returned back safely. The only thing left for you To do now is to contact (FedEx Courier Express Company) this is the Company in Charge of delivering your consignment box containing the ($ 8.5 million) Again let me repeat.

Contact Person: Mr. Richard Curry,
(Delivery Department Managing Director)
E-mail ( )

Telephone: +234-705-300-1051 OR +234-705-300-1051.

For the purpose of clarification, it is advised that the entire fee has been
Paid for the delivery so all that you will have to pay is only $150 dollar
That You will have to send to their security office as charges for the safe
Keeping Fee of your returning box. Please do not be deceived by anyone and be
Advised to Reconfirm..

YOUR COUNTRY.................
YOUR FULL NAME..............
HOME ADDRESS.................
OFFICE NUMBER........................

In addition to what I said earlier, please do not dispose the content of the box
To them to avoid delay and finally endeavor to indicate this CODE N?(GL-14160)
This is the box code and it shows that you are the rightful owner of the box
Deposited in their company, you will use it as your subject when contacting Them.

After sending the security keeping fee ask them to give you the tracking
Number to enable you track your package over there and know when it will get to your
Address. Let me repeat again, Try to contact them as soon as you receive this
Mail and ask them how you will make the security fee of $150 used to them to
Avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping
fee of $150 US Dollars for their immediate action.

Best Regards
Mr. Philip Raymond

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