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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 Online Management Team. <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Nov 2013 01:41:06 -0200
Subject: Fedex Notification (Your Urgent Attention Needed)

Customer Service:

We have been waiting for you to contact us for your Package that has been
registered with us for shipping to your residential location. We had
thought that your sender gave you our contact details. It may interest you
to know that a letter is also added to your package. However, we cannot
quote the content of your package, except that it has a Bank Draft worth
of $1,5000,000.00 (One Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) As you
know, FedEx does not ship money in CASH or in CHEQUES but BANK DRAFTS are

The package was registered with us for mailing by an official of the united
nation office in UK. We are sending you this email because your package has
been registered on a Special Order. What you have to do now, is to contact
our Delivery Department for immediate dispatch of your package to your
residential address. Note that as soon as our Delivery Team confirms your
information, it will take three (3) working days (72Hrs) for your package
to arrive at your designated destination.

For your information, the VAT & Shipping charges as well as Insurance fees
have been paid by your colleague during parcel's registration.
Note that all payment made on Insurance, Premium & Clearance
Certificates, are to certify that the Bank Draft is not a Drug Affiliated
Fund DAF) neither is it funds to sponsor Terrorism in your country. This
will help you avoid any form of query from the Monetary Authority of your

However, do note also that there is a Security Keeping Charges that you must cover
to complete delivery process of your parcel. This is usually calculated from the
time of registration of your parcel, pending on when you finally apply for its delivery.
ie In your case, the period of 28 days has been confirmed. Please be informed that
your colleague wished to pay for the Security Keeping charges,
but we do not accept such payments considering the fact that all items & packages
that are registered with us have a time limitation and we cannot accept payment without knowing
when you will be picking up the package or even respond to us. So we
cannot take the risk to have accepted such a payment incase of any
possible demurrage, kindly note that your colleague did not leave us with
any further information.

We hope that you respond to us as soon as possible because if you fail to
respond until the expiry date of the foremost package, we may refer the
package to the British Commission for Welfare as the package do not have a
return address. Kindly contact the delivery department (FedEx Delivery
Post) with the details given below:
Contact Person: Mr. Brent Christensen.
Phone-Number: +44 70 2408 2604
Kindly complete the below form and send it to the email address given
above. This is mandatory to reconfirm your Postal address and telephone


As soon as your details are received, our delivery team will give you the
necessary payment procedure so that you can effect the payment for the
Security Keeping Fees. And they shall immediately dispatch your package to the designated address.
It usually takes 72 Hours being an express delivery service.

Ensure to contact the delivery department with the email address and
ensure to fill the above form as well to enable successful reconfirmation.
Yours Faithfully,

Mrs. Suzzanne Blair.
FedEx Online Management Team.
All rights reserved. © 1995-2012 FedEx.

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