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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. Kate Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 04.31.46 +0200
Subject: Contact Rev.Dr Charles Mike immediately for your draft

Dear Friend,

I am happy to inform you about my success in getting your winning funds
under the cooperation of a new partner from South Africa. Presently I'm in South
Africa for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Mean
while,i did not forget your past efforts and attempts to get your winnings despite
that failed somehow.

I have made a deposit of $100.000.00 (ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS)in
addition to your lottery winnings of $50.000.00 now amounting to $150,000.00
(One Hundred And Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) to FedEx Courier
Delivery service to be delivered to you. All you have to do now is to kindly
contact FedEx Courier with their contact details below.


Ask him to send you the total $150,000.00 (One Hundred And Fifty Thousand
United States Dollars) certified bank Check, which I raised in your favor
for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempt in this issue. I
really appreciate your efforts at that time very much.

NOTE: You are to send the FedEx Courier the sum of $160.00 USD for the
delivery of the Bank Draft, and do not be deceived by anyone to send more than $160.00

I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you
will contact them and in case of demurrage.

I want you to contact them immediately you receive this notification
letter and make sure you send them their Delivery fee of $160.00 USD only, which I
told you earlier.

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm :

1. Full Name:
2. Full Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Telephone Number:
7. Nationality:
8. Nearest Airport:

As soon as you get this Bank Draft by FedEx, please let me know.

Best regards,
By Mrs. Kate Williams
Copyright C 2011. All rights reserved.

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