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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: "Kelvin David" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:31:33 -0700
Subject: Now Contact Fedex Courier to deliver your package.

Dear friend,

How are you today ?.I'm writing to inform you that I have Paid the fee for
your Draft Cheque. Yesterday, I went to the bank to confirm if the Cheque
has expired or getting near to expire and Mr.Ahmed Zuma the Director of
B.O.A Bank of Africa told me that before the cheque will get to your hand
that it will expire. So I told him to cash the $5.950,000.00, to cash
payment to avoid losing this funds under expiration as I will be out of
the country for a 3 Months Course and I will not come back till end of June
2012. What you have to do now is to contact the fedex as soon as possible
to know when they will deliver your package to you immediatey.For your
information, I have paid for the yellow tag fee and delivery Charge.

The only money you will send to the Fedex Courier to deliver your
Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is US$115
United States Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee for
the fedex Service so far. I would have paid that but they said no because
they don't know when you will contact them and in case of dumourrage on
your Package with them.

Please write a letter of application to the given address below:

Company Name: fedex Courier
Manager.George Fabian
Email: (
Contact Tel: +229-98464139

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address,nearest local
and international airport, Direct telephone number contact address and
picture or id to avoid wrong delivery, they will issue you a delivery
code#, to enable you track your consignment box and know when it will get
to your address.

Let me repeat again, try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail
to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping
fee of $115.00 for their immediate action to deliver urgently.

Note this. The fedex Courier don't know the contents of the Box. I
registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know the contents
was money. this is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let them
know that box.

contains money ok.
Thanks and More Blesssing.


Dr.Kelvin Dvaid.

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