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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." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jul 2014 22:02:17 +0600
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 May 3rd 2013 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


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 $120 only.You can send the clearance fee of $120 through Western Union or Money

Gram with the below details.

Receiver&apos;s Name: EFE JEFFEREY
Receiver&apos;s Address: 29 VICTORIA ISLAND STREET
State: LAGOS

Zip Code: 23401
Country: NIGERIA
Amount: $120

Text Question: what color
Text Answer: Blue
MTCN / Reference Number: ??????????

Send me the Western Union 10 Digit MTCN numbers as soon as you have made the payment. Call me now on +234-8074168402 for

more details or E-mail: (

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

Mr. David Wilson
FedEx Online Management Team.
All rights reserved. c 1995-2013 FedEx

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