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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. Rose Wils" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 18:41:53 -0500
Subject: Attention Dear !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Attention Dear !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have been waiting for you to contact me on your international certified bank draft of $800,000.00, cashable anywhere in the world,
but I did not hear from you since then.
I went and I left your Bank Draft with FedEx International - Express Delivery, Courier, West
Africa. At the moment, I'm very busy, I travelled out of the country for 3 Months Course and won't be back till end of JANUARY. You are to

get in contact with with FedEx
International, West Africa quickly for the collection of your international certified bank draft and details when they will deliver your

because of the expiring date.

For your information, I paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the bank draft showing that, it

is not Drug Money
or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country except the security keeping fee which will be paid by you. The only money you will

send to the FedEx International, West Africa
to deliver your Bank Draft direct to your delivery Address is ($210 USD) only, been Security Keeping Fee of the Company so far. I have to

let you pay this personally
because i don't know when you will contact them and in case of demur-rage. Contact the FedEx International, West Africa now for the

delivery with this information bellow:

FedEx Contact Person: MR MARK ROLAND
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm:
1. Full Name & Address:
3. Occupation:
4. Age:
5. Sex:
6. Telephone Number:
7. Nationality:
8. Place of Residence:

Details on how to send and where To Send The Security Keeping Fee $210 to FedEx accountant
Mr.John Olusegun FedEx Address: 37 road chelsea avenue Victoria Garden City Abuja, Nigeria
via Western Union Money Transfer or MoneyGram Unit.

Receivers Name:John Olusegun
FedEx Address: 37 road chelsea avenue Victoria Garden City Abuja, Nigeria.
Text Question: What day?
Text Answer: Today.

After your payment of $210 To avoid any mistake on your Delivery, Request the shipment details.
Which includes your tracking number to enable you track your package. clearly again, contact
them NOW to avoid delays and remember Your Payment of $210 for their immediate
action on the Secure Keeping of your international certified bank draft.
keep me posted through email once Bank Draft is cleared and remember the less privileged.
Mrs. Rose Wils
Former Director Presidential Library & Museum
International On-line Lottery Co-ordinator.(c) 2010

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