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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:

Date: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 08:59:20 +0100
Subject: Ref: 370291!! Contact Dispatch director

Greeting !!!

This is to bring to your notice that a bank draft of $950,000.00 United States Dollars,have been issued in your favor by World Bank from a random computer e-mail search. After this automated computer ballot, your e-mail address emerged as one of (10)twelve winners in the fourth category for the second prize and your winning fall within the africa claiming booklet. this program was organized to reduce the rate of poverty and to compensate scam victims in the world. Margaret Sawers worker in the World Bank have deposited the draft with (FEDEX EXPRESS, NIGERIA), after many e-mails to you which you have not replied. I have travelled out of Nigeria now,I do hope that you will receive this mail and act fast. What you have to do now is to contact the FEDEX EXPRESS NIGERIA as soon as possible to know when they will deliver the package to you because of the expiring date. For your information 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 has been paid.

You are advice to contact the courier services immediately Again,we would have paid for the Security Keeping fee but they refused because they said they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage.

You have to contact the FEDEX EXPRESS NIGERIA now for the delivery of your Bank Draft valued at $950,000.00 United States Dollars with this information,All you have to do is contact or furnish FEDEX EXPRESS NIGERIA with your identification for verification of the details there in their office. Send them the following details with their email there as emailing me back will be impossible.

Names in full......................
Residential Address.................
Next of Kin ......................
Occupation .......................
Telephone number,.................

Contact Dispatch director:
Mr.Mark Morgan
Telephone Number:+2348073905602
Fedex Courier West Africa

Contact Mr.Mark Morgan there and know when the Draft will get to your address,Let me repeat again,try to contact them as soon as you receive this mail to avoid any further delay and remember to pay them their Security Keeping fee of $205.00 USD ( Two Hundred And Five United State Dollar) Only for their immediate action.

Congratulation once again on behalf of the entire staff of

Yours Faithfully,
Margaret Sawers.
World Bank

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