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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: "United Nations Ron Prosor" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <icexpressdeliverycompany@superposta.com>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 17:34:22 +0100
Subject: Final Notification!!!

Final Notification!
 
I have cashed your draft/cheque in worth of $8.4Million Us Dollars for your overdue payments, due to the expiry date in the cheque I boxed the money and deposited it for shipment with International Courier Express Company(IC Express) Benin Republic, so to deliver the box to you and to avoid another hoax as you were disappointed in the past. So youíre required to contact the International Courier Express Company(IC Express) with your delivery address and your telephone numbers so that they will commence immediately with the delivery of your box to your nominated address.
 
Bellow is their contact-
International Courier Express Company(IC Express)
Registered: 308, rue du R v rend P re Colineau
Botepostale: 01 BP 955 RP Cotonou
Tel: (+229) 99791580
Fax: (229) 99791500
Contact E-mail: icexpressdeliverycompany@superposta.com
Contact Person: Mr. Maxwell Landry.
 
 
Try to indicate all this CODES to them because it will prove that you are the rightful person that own the Consignment Box deposited in their custody.
 
SHIPMENT CODE AWB 33XZS,
PACKAGE REGISTERED CODE NO XGT442.
SECURITY CODE SCTC/2001DHX/567/;
TRANSACTION CODE 233/CSTC/101/33028/;
CERTIFICATE DEPOSIT CODE; SCTC/BUN/xxiv/-78/01
 
Note; the International Courier Express Company(IC Express) does not know the contents of the Box. I registered it as a Box of ''Scientific apparatus''.  They don't know the true content; $8.4Million.  This is to avoid them from delaying with the Box. Donít disclose the content of the Box.
 
Please make sure you send this needed information to the Director of International Courier Express Company. Note: All replies, concerning your consignment box should be sent to Mr. Maxwell Landry only At: (icexpressdeliverycompany@superposta.com) so contact International Courier Express Company (IC Express) today and try to contact them with your personal information as listed bellow;
 
Full Name.......
Home address....
Current Phone...
Country.........
Passport........
Occupation......
Sex.............
Age.............
 
Signed.
Israel's Ambassador to the
United Nations Ron Prosor

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