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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.Alice Joy <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 09:13:19 +0400
Subject: In Regards to your $2Million dollars

Parcel Express Company
Consignment Collection Point
Boulevard des Armees,
Abuja Nigeria.


I would like to introduce myself to you, I am MRS.Alice Joy the contact person to the Above security company.

Sometime ago a consignment was deposited in your E-mail address with our security company, hoping that one day you would come forward to collect your
consignment but for a very long time now no one has presented him or herself to collected this consignment.

According to the policy of this security company,any consignment that has spent the maximun time would be subject to Scan to ensure that any item deposited in it is not damaged. I would love want to inform you that When the routin Scan was conducted, we discorvered that your consignment was filled with cash
($2million)(two MILLION DOLLARS) and since you are the sole benefactor to this consignment,you are required to come forward to claim this consignment.

For your refrence, a Non- Inspection Tag was attached to it at the point of Deposit hence can not be openned until it Departs our custody to your address.

Please I would want you to forward the below requirements to My delivery agent Mr. David Jack ( as above with:


To verify the data we have with us about you,Note that the only fee you will pay before getting your consignment delivered direct to your postal Address in
your country is ($190.00 US) only being Security Keeping Fee of the Parcel Express Company before I can guide you on the day to exspect this consignment
from Our Delivery Agent Parcel Express Company.

I hope to hear from you soon,

Mrs.Alice Joy

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