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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 Express ®Courier Company." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Jul 2014 18:33:58 -0700
Subject: Your Delivery Package

Dear Beneficiary,

Your package worth the sum of $750.000.00 United States Dollars in a certified bank draft is in our office ready for delivery, it was given to us by Mr. Bill Gates wealth (Head Consultant) of the Microsoft Corporation United Kingdom saying that it was won by your e-mail address in their on going Microsoft Online Sweepstakes 2014 in conjuction with Oil & Gas Nigeria Ltd.She is here in Nigeria for a three (3) months Surveying Project as she works with a consultant firm in West Africa.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 resident address. Note that as soon as our Delivery Team confirms your information, it will take only (24 hours) One working day for your package to arrive it's designated destination.You are advised to contact our Head Dispatch Officer Mr. Jonathan Robert for your parcel delivery to your house address. Please provide him with your personal details listed below:

Full Name:...............
House Address:...........
Telephone Number:............

FedEx Express ®Courier Company.
Mr. David Weymouth Head Dispatch Officer}
Tell +234 7014938229
Note that, you will be responsible to pay for your parcel Delivery Fees of $80 USD because Mr. Bill Gates wealth (Head Consultant) of the Microsoft Corporation United Kingdom has only paid for your parcel security keeping fees.

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