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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: "dfl_shafaul" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 04:09:19 +0600
Subject: Attention

Attention: Parcel Owner

We have waited enough to hear from you so that your Conformable Bank Draft could be
shipped to your address.This transaction indicates that your Bank Draft has officially
cleared for delivery by the FedEx Organization here in Nigeria. There is one Mrs. Lisa
Edward, who came to our Head office to place your Bank Draft of $ 750.000.00 United
States Dollars on out going delivery. For your information, He have paid for the
delivering Charge, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing
that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attack in your Country.

The only money you will send to the FedEx Delivery to delivery your Bank Draft direct to
your postal Address in your country is ($ 100 US Dollars) only being for Security
Keeping Fee of the Delivery Company. He would have paid that, but they said no because
they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage. You have to
contact the FedEx Delivery now for the delivery of your Draft with this.

Contact Mr Fred Aiyanyor

Do Send us the above details for immediate shipment of your Bank Draft upon the
confirmation of the required fee $100 USD for the Security keeping fee, should be paid
to enable us commence shipment of your parcel. For urgent enquiries and to confirm your
shipping code call and a tracking number will be giving to you for you to monitor your
parcel online
+234 807589 4830

Mr. Nicholas Duke
Dispatch Director

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