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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: HSBC BANK <>
Date: Sat, 23 Apr 2011 13:28:38 +0200
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

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: +229-99 85 73 20

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 Anita Carlos

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