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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: "Charles Ego Amaka" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 19 Jun 2012 22:39:01 -0700
Subject: Your Compensation Draft with Fin Express Courier Service.

Your Compensation Draft with Fin Express Courier Service.

How are you doing? My name Dr.Charles Ego Amaka, I and my colleagues have contacted you some time ago to Assist us secure the release of some money accrued from the Over invoicing of a Contract/Inheritance, Next Of Kin and Lottery Payment with ATM/CBN.

Though you were not able to assists us conclude the Transaction complete, I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those Funds transferred under the assistance and cooperation of a new partner from Brazil.

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirm able Bank Draft of $3.2 Million United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since that time.Then I went and deposited the Draft with Fin Express Courier Service, I traveled out of the country for a 3 Months Course And I will not come back till end of December.

What you have to do now is to contact the Fin Express Courier Service as soon As possible to know when they will deliver your package to you because Of the expiring date on the draft. For your information, I have paid for the Delivering Charge, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of The Draft showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country.

The only money you will send to the Fin Express Courier Service to deliver Your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country is ($258US) Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of your package only. Again, do not be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $258US Dollars.We would have paid that but they said no because they Don't know when you will contact them in case of demurrage. You have To contact the Fin Courier Service personal now for the delivery of your Draft With this information bellow;

Contact Person: Mr.Mark Johnson
Telephone: +234-7068971144

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address () and Direct Telephone number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery and Ask them to give you the tracking number after you might have paid the security keeping fee to enable you track your Package over there 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 $258US Dollars for their immediate action. You should also Let me know through email as soon as you receive your Draft.

Yours Faithfully,
Dr. Charles Ego Amaka

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