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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.Cynthia Graham." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 15:56:33 -0700

Hello My Dear,

Hope this mail finds you in an excellent condition of health? After waiting and no response was heard, I deposited and also paid for the delivery fee of your $2.5,000 000.00 Million US Dollars, as consignment box to FEDERAL INLAND SECURITY COMPANY in Lagos because I have travelled to London on a visit you can reach me on +447045765505.

I am on a visit to a friend and will not come back till Dec,2011. I will want you to contact the FEDERAL INLAND 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 78$USD only. So i urge you to contact them as soon as you receive this email.

CONTACT: Dr. Robin Goodluck MANAGER, FEDERAL INLAND SECURITY COMPANY. E-mail: for the release of the fund to you.

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 them 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---------------------

Note: You are to contact the FEDERAL INLAND SECURITY COMPANY MANAGER via this email:-- ( ) for more details.

Finally indicate this code: GM0081 when contacting them, it will identify that you are the owner of the $2.500.000.00 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 $2.500.000.00 United Stated Dollar.


Mrs.Cynthia Graham.

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