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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. Jerry Martin Sr" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2013 08:32:10 -0800


This is Mr. Jerry Martin Sr, director of FedEx Express Courier Company Cotonou Benin Republic. Please I want to notify to you this urgent massage of good news which was brought to us by director of Bank Of Africa who deposited your Foreign Approval Email Wining Award (EWA) which is the sum of USD$950.000.00 Nine hundred and fifty thousand USD in our Company to carry on the delivery to your address. Note, this dose not relate to scam because all the documentation are legit.

As for our agreement on this delivery we made a promise that your Consignment Sealed Box will leave this Country tomorrow evening after we have confirm your direct delivery address, phone number and receiver's name from you. You need to reconfirm your above receiving data to avoid wrong delivery.

Contact Person: Mr. Jerry Martins Sr
Cell: +229 98 48 17 16
Express dpt E-mail

Please, send the above data to this Express Email department below today for easy delivery upon the arrival of our Agent to your city.

Very important note, the Bank Manager have paid for delivery fee which includes the securing of all the legal documents as a private delivery. We don't accept Dumorage Charge from depositor until the beneficiary contact us, so our daily Dumorage cost is $57 for security department and your package was registered today been 6/02/2013 and the depositor don't know when you will be ready to supply your information for the immediate delivery.

All you need to do is to forward your full delivery address and we shall get back to you upon the receipt of your delivery address to enable your package leave this country for delivery.

Mr. Jerry Martin Sr
Line: +229 98 48 17 16

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