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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. Kenneth David Martins" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:14:52 -0400
Subject: Dear Customer,

Dear Customer,

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 Bank Draft Check in your name and in the amount of
$4.5 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 2rd 2014 and since on the 5th of January 2013 it has been at
Memphis USA awaiting 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.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 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 clearance charges to be paid by you is $85 only.

You can send the clearance fee of $85 through Western Union or Money Gram
with the below details.

RECEIVER'S NAME: Kenneth David




AMOUNT: $125

MTCN: .........

Send me the Western Union 10 Digit MTCN numbers as soon as you have made
the payment.

Call me now on +234 708 750 8972 for more details.

This is important and as such your immediate response will do you Good.

Mr. Kenneth David Martins
FedEx Online Management Team.
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