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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. ROSELINA WILFORD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jan 2011 07:13:23 +1100
Subject: ***SPAM*** Good Day

Good Day

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of $450,000 United States Dollars,
but I did not hear from you since for a couple of weeks now. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has
expired or getting near to expire and Dr.Wilson the Director United Bank for Africa told me that before the draft will
get to your hand that it will not expire.

As long as you cannot meet up with our FedEx delivery fees.I will like you to contact Mr. Bennedit Moore Martins at the
strompost regular mailing office for the bank draft check to avoid losing this fund under expiration, as I will be out
of the country for a 6 Months Course. What you have to do now is to contact the NATIONAL STROMPOST OFFICE as soon as
possible to know when they will deliver your Bank Draft to you because of the expiry date.

For your information, the only money you will send to the national Strompost office to deliver your Bank Draft direct to
your postal Address in your country is ($54USD) fifty four United States Dollars only being the NSPS regular postage stamp
fees. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except ($54 USD) Dollars for the delivery stamp.

You have to contact NATIONAL STROMPOST OFFICE now for the delivery of your Bank Draft with this information below;

PHONE NUMBER: +234-704-133-2916 or 01123470 4133 2916

Try to contact him as soon as possible. I gave them your delivery address but you have to reconfirm it to him again to

avoid any mistakes in the delivery of your fund. Reconfirm below information to the company.

Your Full Name-----------------------
Your Address-------------------------
Home Telephone-----------------------
Office Telephone---------------------

Send the US$54.00 through western union money transfer with the following information.

Receiver Name: SUNDAY NWUSU
Address: 2B Emirate Building Lagos Nigeria.
Text Question: Color
Answer: Blue
Amount: US$:54.00
Send MTCN # .............

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct telephone number to them again to avoid any
mistake at the Delivery post and ask them to give you, your nsps receipt which is your proof of payment. 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 for the nsps stamp ($54USD) Dollars for their immediate action.You can only reach me with my telephone in uk, with
this my mobile number +44 702 406 2169.

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Cheryl Swetnam

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