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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 K. Perry" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 02:14:00 -0800
Subject: Contact Astom Courier Services for your package


I have been tiring to reach you on phone, I deemed it necessary and
urgent to contact you via your e-mail address to notify you about the package
which contents a Confirmable Bank Draft of $850.000.00 USD,which
i have deposited with the Astom Courier Servicess South Africa,I have travelled
out of the country and I will not be back untill the end of the year.

You are required to contact the Astom Courier Services as soon as
possible to know when the package will be delivered to you,due to the
expiring date on the Bank Draft. For your information, I have
enclosed the following, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate for the Cheque
showing that it is not a Drug Money and it is NOT meant to sponsor Terrorist
attack in your Country,note that you will pay a shipping/handling
fee of $150 USD.

You have to contact the Astom Courier Services now for the delivery of
your Draft with this information bellow:

Contact Name: Sean Ngobeni
Contact Tel: +27610805262
Contact Email:

Finally make sure that you reconfirm your Postal address(Incl. Zip code) and Direct
Mobile number to them again to avoid any mistake on the Delivery also request for
the package tracking number to enable you track your package over the internet
to enable you know when the package will be delivered to your Home/postal address.

Let me repeat again,try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail(This is my second
Email to you)to avoid any further delay Please take note that you will pay a shipping/handling
fee of $150 USD to Astom Courier Servicess South Africa for their immediate action. You should also
let me know through email as soon as you receive your Draft.

Yours Faithfully,
Mrs K. Perry

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