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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,David Mraka." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 17:33:33 +0900
Subject: Attn:Scam Victim

Dear Friend,

I have been waiting for you to contact me for your Trunk Box worth $1,650.000 USD (One Million, Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars), being
compensation fund for 150 scam victims which your name was short listed then I decided to trace your name through the internet to locate your email address which was
found to contact you for your compensation for lost funds in that transaction.

It is very interesting to know that the Federal Government has taken this bold step to clear the bad image of the country. The Power of the Rising Development
Generation Africa EFCC returns $4.48m to duped foreigner - Restoring Nigeria Lost Image by compensating all those that has been scammed through one contract or
Inheritance and /or Lottery.

The resolve of the Nigerian authorities to stamp out advanced fee fraud (a.k.a. 419) from the country and bring scammers to justice was boosted on 6 October when the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) returned $4.48million to a Chinese woman scammed by her Nigerian collaborator.

If you have doubt take a look at this link below:

But if you still also have doubt check on Mrs. Juliana Ching name on Google and see for yourself. You really Must stop dealing with those people that are contacting
you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them,
they are only taking advantage of you.

I have deposited the Trunk Box with FEDEX COURIER SERVICE, West Africa, I traveled out of the country for a 3 Months Course and I will not be back until completion of
my 3 months course. What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE immediately to know when they will deliver your consignment to you because of the
expiring date.

For your information, I have paid for the delivery Charge, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the consignment showing that it is not a Drug Money or
meant to sponsor Terrorism attack in your Country. The only money you will send to the FEDEX COURIER SERVICE to deliver your Trunk Box direct to your postal Address in
your country is $350USD only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far. Be informed that there is no possibility for any deduction of any amount from
the box for whatever reason as it has been coded and registered as family valuables which you must to stick to this statement as consignment only for security reason.
I would have paid that but they refused, because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage. You have to contact the FEDEX COURIER AGENT now
for the delivery of your Trunk Box with this information below:

Contact Agent: Sir.Frank Willy
Email Address:
Phone Number: +234-7065661277

Reconfirm the below information to the agent:

1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Phone Number:
4. Identification:
5. Country:

Let me repeat again, try to contact them immediately you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay the Security Keeping fee of $350USD for
their immediate action as you will also be required to request Western Union or Money Gram details on how to send the required $350USD in order to immediately ship
your Trunk Box. You should also let me know through email as soon as you receive your consignment.

Kindest Regards,

Mr,David Mraka.

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