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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 Grace Williams <>
Date: Tue, 16 Aug 2011 12:56:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Contact GLOBAL EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY For Your $1.2,00.000.

Hello Dear,

I have Paid the fee for your Cheque Draft.but the manager of Atlantique Bank Benin told me that before the check will get to you that it will expire.So i told him to cash $1.2,00.000  all the necessary arrangement of delivering the $1.2,00.000 in cash was made with GLOBAL EXPRESS COURIER COMPANY. This in the information they need to delivery your package to you.

ATTN: Dr.Bob OttTEl: : +229 99437300EMAIL:

Please, Send them your contacts information to able them locate you immediately they arrived in your country with your BOX .This is what they need from you.

1. YOUR FULL NAME;??????????????????????

2.YOUR HOME ADDRESS;??????????????????????


4.YOUR CURRENT OFFICE TELEPHONE;??????????????????????

5.A COPY OF YOUR PICTURE;??????????????????????

Please make sure you send this needed information to the Director general of Global Express Courier Company Dr.Bob Ott with the address given to you.

Note. The Global Express courier company don't know the contents of the Box. I registered it as a Box of an Africa cloths. They don't know it contents money. this is to avoid them delaying with the Box. don't let them know that is money that is in that Box.I am waiting for your urgent response. You can even call the Director of Global Express Courier company with this line 00229 99437300 Thanks and Remain Blessed.
Secretary Mrs Grace Williams

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