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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: FedEx Courier Service <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 04:49:50 -0700
Subject: Urgent Update Regarding your Parcel

Dear Customer,

This email is coming to you as a reminder concerning your pending package that has been with us for a long time. As you already know that this package is containing an International ATM CARD in your name and in the amount of $2.5 million usd.

This email is to let you know that our delivery team has finally carried out delivery of your package. The package left Lagos Nigeria on June 15th and since on the 18th of June it has been in Memphis awaiting custom clearance.

To track your package, go to and insert the tracking number below to view delivery status.
Tracking Number: 875531681014

On the tracking page you will see that this package is going to a wrong address. This is because you have refused to give us your cooperation. You are hereby adviced to provide us with the below details so we can immediately have it sent out to our deliveryman in Memphis.

Your Name(In Full):
Your Delivery Address:
Your Direct telephone Number:

Please note that you are required to provide a redirection fee of $120 which you are to make available to this office via WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER or MONEY GRAM in the name of our accounting officer stated below.

Receivers Name: Monday John
Receivers Address: Plot 1 FedEx way
City: Lagos
Country: Nigeria
Zip Code: 23401
Text Question: Color?
Text Answer: Blue
MTCN / Reference Numbers: ??????????

Upon receiving your correct details and the Western Union payment 10 Digit MTCN Numbers or Money Gram 8 digit Reference numbers from you, we will immediately notify the Airport Authorities in Memphis TN USA and the package will be redirected to your correct address immediately.

Give me a call on +2348022209511. This is important and as such your immediate response will do you Good.

Mr. Ashley Sherlock
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