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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: "Mr Mac Williams" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 04:06:36 +0800

Dear Friend,

I have paid for the delivery of your consignment by the FedEx company
Benin Republic the Director Desmond Jeff promised that your consignment
will leave immediately they received your re-confirmed information to
avoid wrong delivery.

Now contact them with your full information through their email
address( And Call Director Desmond Jeff
with His Mobile +229 98 49 55 98. So that he will know that you are the
owner of the consignment box.

(NB) Please mind your Registration information and don't misplace your
consignment box.

Security Code: (WYH-U01002.
Consignment Box Registration Certificate No; WL20100027
Consignment Box approval Certificate No: HNP44065-12442
Consignment Box Standard Certificate No: Q/LJ047-2011
Security Code No: WYH-U01002
Serial No: XGT01/JLMK20107
Consignment Box Size: 41m by 49m,
Weight of the items: 0,100kg)

Here are the requested information needed by the Director Of The FedEx
Diplomatic Division which they instructed me to emailed you to provide
while contacting them for easier identification:

Kindly re-confirm to them the followings:
Your Full Name_______________
Your current mailing addresses_____________________
Your current Telephone Number_________________________
Update them with the nearest international airport____________ and local
airport_____________to your given address and copy of driving

I do not know how much they will charge you as their security keeping fee
as I deposited your consignment on 11th September 2012,But to enable them
deliver your consignment box to your given home address, send them only
$100 US Dollars for their security keeping fees and required them two
things,(a)your tracking numbers,(b)your clearance certified copies wanted
to collect if from the Director Desmond Jeff but he refused as he told me
that I don't have right over these TWO thing as it is what you alone will
have as it is issued in your name before my going, so once you send them
their Security Keeping fees, call the Director Desmond Jeff, to forward
you these necessary documents with tracking numbers ASAP so that you will
keep tracking your Consignment Box Until they arrived at your destination.

Now just call the Director of The FedEx Diplomatic Division Director
Desmond Jeff after payment or send him payment before calling him, and
send him this Security Keeping fee of $100 US Dollars through their
protocol receiver's information via western union.

Receiver's Name---------Mr.Romanus Udalor
Country---------------Benin Republic
Test Question-----------What Colour
Amount-------------------$100US Dollars

(NB) Please mind your Registration information and don't misplace your
consignment box.

I registered it with the FedEx Courier company in the name of Computer
accessories as its content and I didn't let them know that it contains
funds of US$4.500.000.00 because of fear of betrayal.

Yours faithfully,
Mr Mac Williams

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