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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: All Right Reserved <>
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 02:30:31 +0800 (SGT)

Dear Beneficiary,

Having reviewed all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer of your (($2.7 Million) Two Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars and your inability to meet up with some charges levied against you due to the past transfer options,we the Board of Directors, Bank Of Africa (BOA) has ordered our Foreign Payment Remittance Unit to issue you a VISA CARD where your payment will be uploaded. Today, we got the notice that your Payment has been uploaded into this VISA CARD and also have registered it with Sky Express Courier Service. For your information, The delivery charges have been paid and they are supposed to have shipped your packaged (ATM CARD) but they insisted that you must re-confirm to them your current delivery address to ensure accurate Delivery.

MOST IMPORTANTLY: Due to the content of the package, Sky Express mandated that before your package will be shipped, a Stamp Duty MUST be procured according to the New Shipping Creed and the essence of such Document is to ensure a hitch-free delivery and the amount is $121. When this is done, Sky Express will issue you with the tracking numbers for your package before the shipping commences Therefore reconfirm your current delivery address. Do not forget that this $121 is all that you should send to them, the rest of the fees have been paid.

1. Your full name: ......................
2. Your physical address............................
3. Your house phone: ......................
4. Your cellphone:....................
5. Your Identity Card:..................

Sky-Express Courier And Delivery Company
Director:Dr Michael Walter
Email:( )

Phone : +229 98 29 65 32

Finally, for security reasons and considering the huge amount the ATM Master-Card contains, the Package was coded thus,

Registration Ref: Skyex/atm/100. This is the code you shall send to Sky Courier Company.

Please hurry now as your package might incurr demurrage if it stays more than 3 days with Sky-Express


Dr. Stanley Brown
ATM Department Manager
Bank Of Africa

This message and any attachment are confidential and may be privileged or Otherwise protected from disclosure. If you are not the intended Recipient, please telephone or email the sender and delete this message and any attachment from your system. If you are not the intended Recipient you must not copy this message or attachment or disclose the Contents to any other person. Please consider the environmental impact before printing this document and its attachment(s). Print black and white and double-sided where possible. Registered © 2010 - 2011 Bank of Africa Group All Right Reserved -----

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