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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.Zuman Balanji" <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 02:27:03 -1200

Dear friend,

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable bank
Draft of $950,000.00 United States Dollars but I did not hear from you since
that time.

Then, I decided to issued your bank draft to UBA bank to avoid losing of the
funds.When i got to the UBA bank,their director told me that the check has
only three weeks to expire, he said that after three weeks it will be invalid,
then i told the director Dr. Matt Lynaod to convert the check into cash to
avoid losing of the funds, but he said i have to hire a lawyer before that can
be done since the beneficiary was not here or even my boss that can signed the
cheque is not here too,a lawyer will be involve for the signing and the
procurement of vital documents needed for that.

Now, Iam just confused because i don't have the money for that but i have no
choice than to hire a lawyer who will assist me on this matter, as i was told
by the bank to signed for the conversion of your check.

After meeting with the bank lawyer who looked into the matter he told me that
he will arrange for the documents as well as the signing for the bank to
covert the check into cash payment but he said, i shall pay him $1500.00 for
the job, then i explained to him that i don't have the money but pleaded him
that as soon as the job is done, the money will be deducted from the money
before anything.

Then,The bank director also assured me that after the conversion of your
check, the money will be packaged and deposited with the bank official
security company for save keeping as well as the delivering of your package to
your home address.

Iam happy to inform you that the job has been done,the check has been
converted into cash and is right there with FedEx Shipping Company for
deliver,remember the package was registered as family valuables for security
reasons and with a seal on it for security reasons.You can find the code
number beside the package, there is a place in it they,wrote AWB33XZS,when you
open it through that side you will see the code.

I also want to remained you that $2000.00 was deducted from the total sum and
this amount includes the registration and the delivery fee which is $500.00
and $1500.00 of the barrister that did the job, The only money you will send
to the company to deliver your package direct to your Address in your country
is $180 dollars for their security keeping fee.

Below is the information they gave to me,Contact the company today on this
information bellow:Company Name :FedEx shipping Security Company
(FSSC)Security Department Benin Cotonou.

Contact Person: Dr.Raji Hassan Kumar



Note : your package was registered as family valuables , in no condition will
you disclose the real content of your package to anybody till you receive it
in your home, for security reasons,Email the company,tell them your name,tell
them that your agent registered your package with them for deliver ok, you can
tell them my name,Remember they will ask you for followings :




Full Name................,
Your Home Address....
Your current Numbers ...
your Cell Numbers....
Your personal Identification............

Thanks and God bless you and your family.
Yours Fai thfully,
Mr.Zuman Balanji.

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