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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: "Mr John Ikenna." <>
Reply-To: "Mr John Ikenna." <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 10:26:20 -0700 (PDT)

You are welcome to desk of Chief Hon,Jeff Robert Carl the inspector
general of International Interpol Police Force Investigating Benin
Republic.Chief Hon,Jeff Robert Carl the inspector general
Telephone--+229 986 185 61

We are Working towards a corruption-free world by promoting and
defending integrity, justice and the rule of law! Mission statement of
the International Anti-Corruption Academy, We cover West African


I hope you remember that your funds which we want to send to you
through FedEX Courier Company are still with the FedEx because of the
charge they demand from you which you didn't pay to them, anyway i am
here to let you know that i went there today and i saw your
consignment and it is in there packing store and they said that if you
pay the fee plus there security keeping charge that your consignment
box will be ship out the same day you pay the fee and asked to know
how much it is and they said that it is $455 and i paid them $400 , so
please to avoid any more delaying, please i advise you send them the
remaining $55 today after you finish reading this message because the
$400 is almost what i had with me and i paid it to them, so i am
waiting to hear from you once you are done with the payment through
Western Union to this information below.

Use Western Union Only For The Payment.

Receiver Name.......NWALIEJI MARCEL
Sender's name................
Country.:Benin Republic
Question.:What Colour?

Contact the FedEx Courier Company through here.
Dr Brendon Demas Director Of Fedex Courier Company
Direct Telephone line +22997901333.

Please call our office telephone number once the consignment is
delivered to you .

God bless and contact us through this e-mail below only.

Hon.Chief Jeff Robert Carl the inspector general
Telephone--+229 986 185 61

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