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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: "Mrs. Carolyn Curtis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 11 Nov 2014 19:14:06 +0900
Subject: [SPAM-WINs Filter]Contact Mr. Rinaldo Dantas For Your Certified Bank Draft

Good Day TO You!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been waiting for you to contact me for your confirmable $1,500,000 International Certified Bank Draft but I did not hear from you for few weeks, then i went to the Bank to confirm if the draft has expired or getting near to expiring date and Dr. Wilson General Manager  of AfriBank told me that the draft will get to your before expiring date.
So I told him to keep the $1,500,000 International Certified Bank Draft with FedEx security department to avoid losing these funds under expiration as i will be out of the country for 3 Months Course and I will come back till am through with my professional course.
What you have to do now is to contact FedEx Controller Mr. Rinaldo Dantas as soon as possible, to know when they will deliver your $1,500,000 million international certified bank draft to your home address consignment to your door.
I want you to know that i have paid for the delivering fee and insurance premium fee, the only amount require for delivery of your $1,500,000 international  bank draft to your postal address in your country is ($250.00 USD) only for security keeping fee.
I wish to pay for the security keeping but they did not allow me because they did not know actual date you will contact them for them $1,500,000 Bank Draft. All you have done is to contact FedEx controller Mr. Rinaldo Dantas for delivery of package to your door step.
The following information is require for delivery of Bank Draft to your home address
1, Your Full Name:
2, Your Delivery Address:
3, Your Cell Phone Number:
4, Your Age:
5, Your Country:
7, Your Sex:
Directors Name: Mr. Rinaldo Dantas
Email Address:
Phone: +234 803 716 5537
Finally, make sure that you reconfirm your postal address and direct telephone number after contacting FedEx controller Mr. Rinaldo Dantas for your $1,500,000 certified bank draft.
Once again just have it in mind that the only amount require for delivery of your $1,500,000 million international certified Bank to your home address is the sum of $250 only for security keeping fee.
Mrs. Carolyn Curtis

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