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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: "Dr.Sam White" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2011 09:32:30 -0400

Attn Beneficiary,

After waiting and no response was heard, I deposited and also paid for the Delivery fee of your $12.500 000.00

Million US Dollars, as consignmentBox to EMIRATES FINANCE SECURITY COMPANY Because I would be traveling to London and you can always reach me on

my direct new London number +447024074654 .

I would be gone on a visit to a friend and will not come back till December, 2011. I will want you to contact the

EMIRATES FINANCE SECURITY COMPANY to know when they will be delivering your consignment.

I have paid for the delivery charges and also the insurance fee, the only fee you will have to pay them is the monthly demurrage fee which they would pay the security department that are guarding your consignment since the
date of deposit.

But if you will be very fast in contacting them, you will be charged only one month demurrage fee which will cost only US$75.00 So I urge you to contact them as soon as you receive this email. And send the $75 through

Western Union Money Transfer to the manager.

Tel: +234-708-261-3599

Try to contact him as soon as possible to avoid increase in demurrage fee. 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$75.00 through western union money transfer with the following information.

Receiver Name: Mr.Godwin Williams
Address: 2B Emirate Building Lagos Nigeria.
Text Question: Color
Answer: Blue
Amount: US$:75.00
Send MTCN # .

Note: You are to contact the EMIRATES FINANCE SECURITY COMPANYMANAGER via This email: --( finally indicate this code: GM0081 when contacting them, it will identify that
you are the owner of the $12.500 000.00 consignment trunk box deposited in the company. Do let me know as soon

as you receive your consignment and take a proper account of the content, and see that it contains $12.500

000.00 Million US Dollars.

Dr.Sam White.

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