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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. Julie Palmer" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:17:30 -0300

Good day!!!

I have been waiting for you since to contact me for your Cash Fund of
$12 Million Dollars but I did not hear from you since

then, Therefore because of the impossibility of your fund transfer
through Western Union and Money Gram Office, I have

credited your total sum of $12 Million into an ATM VISA CARD and I
went and registered the ATM CARD with FedEx Express

Company for safety purpose meanwhile you are advice to contact the
FedEx Express company with your delivery address.

Note: I have paid for the shipping fee except their security keeping
charge of $155 which I wanted to pay them but they said

no because they don't know when you will contact them in case of
demurrage. So you are to pay the security keeping charge of

$155 usd as soon as you contact them.

The following is the Contact Information of the FedEx Express Customer
Service Director Mr. Robert Williams , Email Address

online: ( Tel:+22968348545 Contact them
today and also send them the security official keeping

charge to avoid increase of their fees and let me know once you
receive your ATM card.

Please I advice you to reconfirm your delivery address and forward to
the FedEx Express for immediate delivery:

(1) Your full name.....
(2) Your delivery address....
(3) Your direct phone number....
(3) Your Occupation,.....
(3) Your AGE/SEX.......

so that they will deliver your ATM Card to your home address immediately.

Like I said earlier I have paid for the shipping fee except their
security keeping fee of $155 USD only you pay this as soon

as you contact them and thats only fee you will pay them.
Here is the FedEx Express Contact Email to avoid wrong contact:
( I wish you good luck.
Mrs. Julie Palmer

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