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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. Kelvin Smith" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2011 14:32:42 -0800
Subject: Attention: Valuable Customer

Plot 8, Ahmed Way,
Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.
TEL....+234-806 783 3217
Customers Service Hours--Monday To Saturday: Office Hours Monday To Saturday:

Attention: Valuable Customer,

The FedEx courier Service Company are hereby passing an essential massage to all our valuable customers to be very careful while presenting their receivers residential address to avoid wrong delivery.

This is the FedEx courier service company notifying all our valuable customer regarding their parcel that was been brought to this company to be delivered to you by one Mr. Theo Martins, Manager of the UK Online Lottery Organization, West African Zone, Along the delivery process there came a misunderstanding between Mr. Theo Martins and the Nicon Insurance Company in regards of their request for insurance certificate which happens to be the course of your parcel delayment in delivery to your designated home address.

Meanwhile we are hereby happy to inform you that the FedEx Courier Company has finalized every arrangement with the Nicon Insurance Company of Nigeria as the company organization has also listed 24 valuable parcels to be intact in their office after the released of your parcels from the Nicon Insurance Company.

We are happy to inform you once again that your parcel that contain An International Certified Bank Draft of the sum of US$950,000:00 [Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars Only]. is among the 24 parcels listed which is now in our possession and also with your name as the beneficiary, therefore you are required to get back to this office with your direct mailing address to enable us dispatch your parcel to your home address without any Atom of mistake or fuss during shipment Make sure that you reconfirm the below information:

1. Full Name:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,..
2. Full Address:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,...
3. Occupation:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,.....
4. Age:....................................
5. Sex:....................;;;;;;;;;;.....,
6. Telephone Number:.......................
7. Nationality:............................
8. Place of Residence:.....................

Below is our Contact information:

Plot 8, Ahmed Way, Victoria Island, Lagos Nigeria.

E- mail:

However note that Mr. Theo Martins of the UK Online Lottery Organization has travel out of the country to Sydney Australia for a three months refresher course and will not be back till the end of May 2012, The only money you will have to pay to this courier company to deliver your Bank Draft directly to your postal Address in your country is ($100 USD) Dollars only being for the Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. As all documents to back up your parcel for claim has been sealed and package together with your bank draft. Without hesitation you are to pay the Security Keeping fee $100 usd via western union so that your parcel can be delivered to your residential address before it accumulates a demurrage after seven official working days.

You are guaranteed that your parcel will arrive at your doorstep in 48 hours as soon as this company receiver's your mailing address and the Security Keeping Fee of $100 payment your parcel tracking number will be sent to you via e-mail immediately to enable you track and trace your parcel online and monitor it's exact time of arrival to your door step because we operate in trust and loyalty in your favor.

And also the FedEx courier Service Company is hereby to inform all their customers by eradicating all their communication with the scam mails that are going all-over the world be careful with their e-mails so that your parcel will not be in danger with their evil plans.

FedEx provides access to a growing global market place through a network of supply chain, transportation, business and related information services. You are hereby advised to proceed to the Western Union Money Transfer and make the payment of $100 to our Accounting officer with the information below:

TEXT ANSWER---------------Yellow.
AMOUNT TO BE PAID---------$100usd
MTCN NUMBER. ------------(Ten digit number to be given to you at the Western
Union office)

FedEx is one of the world's great success stories, the start-up that revolutionized the delivery of packages and information. In the past 30years, we've grown up and grown into a diverse family of companies a FedEx that's bigger, stronger, better than ever.


Mr. Kelvin Smith
TEL....+234-806 783 3217
Thanks for your expected Co-operation.

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