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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: "Mrs. Rose William" <>
Date: Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:35:36 +0800 (CST)

Attn My Dear Friend,
I have paid the fee for your cheque Draft and I took it to the
Financial Bank PLC to confirm it then the Manager of the Bank Mr. Bernard Ugo
told me that before the check can get to you it will expire on the way and if it
expired it will become useless so He advice me to convert $4.5m (Four Million
Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) into cash and pack it into the strong Iron box
and deposit it in Fedex Express Delivery Company Benin Republic to deliver it in
cash to you. and I did it as he advise me because he is a banker he knows the
durability of any foreign check or draft.
I deposited the said package with the FedEx Express Delivery
Company as an cotton materials for security reasons. This is the registration
Number of your Package FedEx /122p/MTM/2013 Zip Code;0113388 so do not let the
company to know the real contents of the package so that they can deliver it for
you safely.
I want you to contact the company immediately with the following
information's though I give them your information but you need to reconfirm it
for them.
Below is the required information you need to give them
1.Your Full Name:================
3.Your Country:==================
Nearest Airport::=========
5.Your Phone And Fax Number:=====
6.A Copy Of
Your Photo:==========
7.Your Age And Marital Status:===
All these things is needed from you now to submit to the company
for urgent delivery of your package contains $4.5M Please contact the delivery
company immediately and reconfirm your info to them to enable their agent locate
you when he arrived in your country.This is the company contact
Dr. Frank Ebele Director General
Email:( )

FedEx Express Diplomatic Delivery Company Benin
Please contact the company immediately you receive this email so
that your package will leave tonight to be deliver to you.

Get back to me as soon as you receive your package from the
God Bless you,
Mrs. Rose William

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