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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. Fred Anderson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:42:39 +0100
Subject: Contact Mr. Wiliams for your consignment

Good Day

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Confirmable Bank Draft of $500,000,00 United States Dollars, but I did not hear from you since for a
couple of weeks now. Then I went to the bank to confirm if the draft has expired or getting near to the expiring date and Mr. Esijolone Okorodudu the Director Eco bank Plc. told me that before the draft will get to your hand that it will expire.

So I told him to cash the $ 500,000,00 USD to cash payment to avoid losing this fund under expiration as I will be out of the country for the next 4 Months Course.

What you have to do now is to contact Mr. Williams Moore as soon as possible to know when they will deliver your Consignment to you because of the expiring date. For your information, I have paid for the delivering Charge, Insurance premium.

The only money you will send to the COURIER SERVICES via Mr. Williams Moore to deliver your Consignment direct to your postal Address in your country is($95.00 USD)
only being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far.

Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except $95.00 US
Dollars for the Security Keeping Fee. I would have paid that but they said no because they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.

You have to contact Mr. Williams Moore now for the delivery of your BOX with this information bellow;

CONTROLLER: Mr. Williams Moore
PHONE NUMBER: +234-8180695327

1. Full Name
2. Home/Office address
3. Country
4. Telephone Number:
5. Occupation.
6. Age:
7. Scanned copy of any ID.

Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address and Direct telephone
number to her again to avoid any mistake on the delivery and ask her to give you the tracking number she will receive from the COURIER SERVICE to enable you track your package over there and know when it will get to your address.

Let me repeat again, try to contact her ( Mr. Williams Moore ) as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $95 US Dollars for their immediate action.

You are to forward the payment of $95 for the security keeping fees of your
package to them also with the below information:

1.Receiver Name: Samuel Godwin
2.Receiver Address: Lagos, Nigeria .
3.Text Question:In God
4.Text Answer:We Trust
5..MTCN(10 digit number):........................
6.Amount Sent:$95

Note:This is the only money required of you to pay them as i have payed for every other thing, inform me as soon as you get your box. Note this. The COURIER SERVICES don't know the contents of the Box except Mr. Williams Moore.

I registered it as a BOX of Africa cloths. They did not know the content was money. This is to avoid them delaying with the BOX. Don't let them know that box contents money ok.

I am waiting for your urgent response.

Best Regadrs,
Mr. Fred Anderson

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