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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. Elvira Mendoza" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 19:33:27 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: New delivery procedure of your consignment.

Bartolini BRT services  

On behalf of the Minister of Finance and other private sectors here in Nigeria brings out this Regular Mail Service to deliver the Unfinished Transfer of Funds and Gratuity that are still in the custody of  different firms and companies to the rightful owner in any countries. I'm Elvira Mendoza, representing the {BRT} (Bartolini Corriere Service).
The Minister of Finance has ordered the FedEx, DHL, Ups, First Bank,Zenith Bank and other firms to release the bank draft and ATM cards to the BRT (Bartolini Corriere Service), So that they can be mailed out to the rightful owners, because there are too many complains coming to our desk from different customers and the {FGN} Federal Government of Nigeria that people are not getting their Bank Draft and ATM Cards due to the fact that people are not meeting up with the required demands and amount imposed by some of this delivery companies, firms and other sectors and constant require of fees that are too much for people to handle.
We have series of Bank Drafts and Atm Cards here in our custody and they are sealed and we don’t know who and where they belong to we are getting intouch with you to know if you have ever received an email regarding any Bank Draft and Atm Cards please contact us back as we are ready to Mail them to you this was the order given to the company by the Minister of Finance Nigeria.
Our terms and condition for this service is for us to get the Bank Draft and ATM cards to the rightful owner.
Elvira Mendoza.
+234 704 222 832 8
Bartolini Corriere Service

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