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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 Delivery Office" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2013 04:50:02 +0100

Hope you are doing great? This email is coming to you as a reminder concerning your pending package that has been with us for a long time. As you already know that this package is containing a ATM MASTER CARD in your name and in the amount of $2.5 million usd.> > This email is to let you know that our delivery team has finally carried out delivery to your residential address. The package left Lagos Nigeria on January 3rd 2013 and since on the 5th of January 2013 it has been at Memphis USA awaiting Custom clearance.> > To track your package, go to and insert the tracking number below to view delivery status.> >> Tracking Number: 800277347645> >
You are advised to get back to me as soon as possible so instructions can be given to you on how to clear the package from the Custom authorities in Memphis TN. You are hereby advised to provide us with the below details so we can immediately have it sent out to our deliverymen in Memphis.> > Your Name(In Full):> Your Delivery Address:> Your Direct telephone Number:> > Having tracked your parcel, it confirmed the status of delivery been pending at Memphis TN awaiting Custom clearance, all you need to do is to pay for the clearance charges and re-direction fee demanded by the Custom authorities and once it has been cleared, the parcel will be released and re-directed to your address.> > The Custom clearance charges to be paid by you is $95 only.> > You can send the clearance fee of $95 through Western Union or Money Gram with the below details.

Receiver's Name: OKODIKE CHIEDU
Receiver's Address: 29 VICTORIA ISLAND> City & State: LAGOS
Country: NIGERIA
Zip Code: 23401
Amount: $95
Text Question: When
Text Answer: Today
MTCN / Reference Number:.....................>
Send me the Western Union 10 Digit MTCN numbers as soon as you have made the payment.

Call me now on +234-7063667037 for more details. My Email is:( ) This is important and as such your immediate response will do you Good.

Management, Mr. Eric Johnson
Telephone: +234-7063667037
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