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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: "Christ Anekwe" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 4 Jul 2012 01:11:28 -0400
Subject: Consignmenmt Delivery Update.

Hello Dear,

This is to let you know that i have waited and no response was heard from you, I then converted the cheque of $800,000:00 (Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars Only) into cash through the help of Zenith International Bank Director, Dennis Zoro and deposited it as a Two consignment Trunk boxes to FEDERAL INLAND SECURITY COMPANY because of my trip to London for investment project and will not come back till the ending of December 2012. Therefore, I want you to contact the FEDERAL INLAND SECURITY COMPANY to know when they will be delivering your consignment.

Meanwhile, I have paid for the insurance and the delivery charges, the only fee you will have to pay to security department of Company that where guarding the boxes is the monthly demurrage fee which the boxes accumulated since the date of deposit

Contact: Dr. Charles Okoye
Manager, Federal Inland Security Company
Address: 23/24 Badagry Express way Lagos Nigeria
Phone: +234 812 267 8449
Fax: +234-1-434-6588

Alternative email:

Try to contact them as soon as possible to avoid increase in demurrage fee and re-confirm your delivery address to them once again to avoid any mistakes in the delivery of your fund.

Finally indicate this code when contacting them below:-


This will identify that you are the owner of the two-consignment trunk box deposited in their company. Do let me know as soon as you receive your consignment. You can reach me now on this number: +44 70457 69409 for more advice.

Thanks and Remain Bless,

Christ Anekwe

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