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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. Linda G. Turner." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:19:49 +0100
Subject: Re: Mail From Mrs. Linda G. Turner !!!

I was suppose to receive a call from you, in-regard of your package. Well I deposited the package with AIR ROAD EXPRESS LTD. United Kingdom. because i don't have your account number.So i was able to come up with $550,000.00,I will be traveling out of the country and I will not be back until six(6) Months Times.

So you are advised to get in contact with AIR ROAD EXPRESS LTD. as soon as possible to know when they will be making delivery your package to you because of the expiring date on the Cheque. For your information, I have paid for the delivery Charge, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country.

The only fees you will be required to send to AIR ROAD EXPRESS LTD. to enable them make delivery of your Bank Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is ($185.00 USD) only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far.
Again, I would have make the payment but i was told that they
don't know when you will be contact them and in case of demurrage.

You have to contact the AIR ROAD EXPRESS LTD now WITH YOUR
FULL NAME;,FULL CONTACT ADDRESS: AND PHONE NUMBER: for the delivery of your Draft with this information bellow:

Contact Person: Sir Gregory Jimmy sr.
Address: Unit 8 North Leith Sands
Edinburgh EH6 4ER.
Tel: +44-704-572-7609
Fax: +44-8447741522
Email Address:

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and
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 to avoid any
further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of
$185.00 USD for their immediate action. You should also
let me know through email as soon as you receive your Draft.

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs. Linda G. Turner.

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