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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. Jessica Brown." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 16:06:14 -0600
Subject: Contact Mr. Mike Johnson For Bank Draft

Good Day TO You!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been waiting for you to contact me for your confirmable $2.5Million international certified bank draft but I did not hear from you for few weeks, then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or getting near to expiring date and Dr. Wilson general manager AfriBank told me that the draft will get to you before the expiring date.
So I told him to cash the $2.5Million to cash payment to avoid losing these funds under expiration as I will be out of the country for 3 Months Course and I won?t come back till am through with my professional course.
What you have to do now is to contact FedEx Controller Mr. Mike Johnson as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your $2.5Million consignment to your doorstep.
I want you to know that I have paid for the delivery fee, and Insurance premium fee the only amount required for delivery of your $2.5Million International certified Bank Draft to your postal address in your Country is ($250 .00 USD) only for security keeping fee.
I wish to pay for the security keeping fee but they did not allow me because I did not know the actual date you will contact them for the $2.5Million Bank Draft, all you have to do is to contact FedEx controller Mr. Mike Johnson for delivery of package to your door step.
The following information is require for delivery of Bank Draft to your home address.
1, Your Full Name:
2, Your Delivery Address:
3, Your Cell Phone Number:
4, Your Age:
5, Your Country:
7, Your Sex:
Directors Name: Mr. Mike Johnson
Email Address :
Phone : +234 803 716 5537
Finally make sure that you reconfirm your postal address and direct telephone number after contacting FedEx for your $2.5Million certified bank draft.  Once again just have it in mind that the only amount require for delivery of your $2.5Million to your home address is the sum of $250 only for security keeping fee.
Mrs. Jessica Brown.

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