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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: "FEDEX" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 22:39:37 +0600
Subject: FedEx Express

FedEx Nigeria Head Office
70 International Airport Road
Mafoluku, Lagos.

Tel +234-8062942732

Attention: Dear Valued Beneficiary,

This is to notify you that your parcel is still

in our possession, this parcel contained an

International Cashier Bank Draft/Cheque worth

the sum of $3,000 000.00(three million USA

dollars only) and it is ready for delivery to

your door step. Meanwhile, before the delivery

or shipment will take place, you are advice to

send to us the following data? mention below:

1.Your Name

The above requested information? will enable us

deliver your parcel correctly without any

mistake or delivering your parcel to a wrong

person. Further more,
you might be asking yourself how comes this

email, cheque or draft,Anyway, your cheque was

brought to this office by a Lottery Fiduciary

Agent Or Claim Agent, signifying that you area

rightful winner to their Lottery Award selected

randomly from 10 lucky email addresses which

your email address is one of thelucky email

address.FedEx courier service company mailing

you as per your parcel that was brought to this

company to be delivered to you by lottery

groups, along the delivery process that brought

a misunderstanding between you and the lottery

claim agent and in regards of their request as

per their insurance certificate cost, tax fee

and lots of other universal cops and drug

searches which happened to be the course of your

parcel being pending for the past months/one


Meanwhile we are hereby happy to inform you that

the FedEx Company has finalized and resolved the

whole issued with the legal offices like the

International Monetary of Funds(IMF),and the

Internal Revenue Service(IRS) office, the

company organization has also listed 24 valuable

parcel? to be intact in their office after the

released of the parcel? from universal cops and

drug searches.

We are happy to inform you once again that your

parcel that contains the sum of $3,000 000.00 is

among the 24 parcel? listed which is now in our

office and also with your name as the receiver

despise that we lost your private residential

address?, which is an indication that you can

now re-send your residential address, telephone

as stated above back to the FedEx company where

your parcel can be delivered to you without

hesitation.Meanwhile remember that the sender of

this parcel to you that? the fiduciary agent

still owes this company the sum of $50 before

the incident occurs, Note that this fee is not

just for delivery but with the immigration and

customs stamp duty, this company has spend out

of their incomes in the process by the

recovering back your parcel?so dear customer we

once again appreciate your patronage in our


Without hesitations you are to pay for just the

balance left by your sender since we have lost

his contact. this payment have to be via western

union money transfer with the below payment

information so that your parcel can be delivered

to your residential address before it accumulate

a demurrage after one week only,as you know your

parcel is not just an ordinary parcel but with a

huge amount and I think you understand what I

mean by accumulating a demurrage? Which you will

not allow that to happen to your recovery parcel

that almost gone if not for the love that the

good God have for you by favoring you with his

favor because it was God who did it not by your

power but by the spirit say the lord.

We assure you that your parcel will arrive at

your country in two days time and it will get to

your door step the third day as soon as this

company receive the balance left by your sender

and the tracking number of your parcel will be

sent to you via e-mail immediately so that you

can track it yourself to see your parcel coming

on the way and you will also know when it will

arrive at your country because we operate in

trust and loyalty in your favor.And also the

FedEx Courier Service Company hereby inform all

their customers through this media by

eradicating alltheir communication with the scam

mails that are going all-over the world be

careful with their e-mails so that your parcel

will not be in danger with their evil planes.

FedEx provides access to a growing global market

place through a network of supply chain,

transportation, business
and related information services.




Receivers Name: Mr Daniel Gongoaso
Senders Name: ------------?
Text Question: BEST COLOUR
Answer: WHITE
Location; Maitama Abuja Nigeria.
MTCN Number... ???
Amount to be sent: $50us dollars.

Please you have to send the full payment

information including the MTCN Number for we to

fully proceed on your delivery FedEx is one of

the world's great success stories, the start-up

that revolutionized the delivery of packages and

information. In the past 30 years, we've grown

up and grown into a diverse family of companies

as FedEx that bigger, stronger, better than


E-mail: ( get back to Us

With The Payment Of $50 dollars for the Customs

and Immigration

Clearance and Stampt Duty So That We Can Proceed

With The Delivery Today.



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