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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: "" <>
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2011 01:56:12 -0800 (PST)

Dear Beneficiary..
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.
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. 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:
Company Name: TNT
Manager. kessier Febian
Tel: +229-99 85 73 20
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.
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 Anna Luis

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