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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: "TNT COURIER EXPRESS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 19 Jan 2017 15:03:35 -0000

TNT Express Courier Service
146 Serenade Rd,
Elandsfontein Tship,
Germiston, 1401,
South Africa

Dear valued customer,

Top of the day to you and you are welcome to TNT Delivery Company South Africa . With respect to your email, we are writing in connection with your parcel that was booked for outgoing delivery by Miss Dell'Ariccia. As a result of the ongoing donation program that has been made available by Adrian and Gillian Bayford as medium of improving the life and sharing with other people, people that need help and supported them financially. So opportunities have been given to citizen of the United State , Nigeria, United Kingdom, Spain (whole of Europe included) and the world at large for this donation program. We have been waiting for you to contact us for the delivery of your parcel containing your bank draft of $780,000.00 US dollars which is ready for delivery to your destination.

Miss Dell'Ariccia who was sent to our office by Adrian and Gillian Bayford who won ?148m on the Euro-millions lottery have donated $780,000.00 USD each to 10 lucky people including you. Please note that your donation bank draft which was placed on outgoing delivery have already been paid for both the Insurance Premium fee and the delivery charges, but she did not pay the security keeping fee due to the fact that she did not know when you will be contacting us via mail or phone to inform us that we have your package. So we advised her not to pay the security keeping fee of the courier company so far but told her to contact you on time so that you will not have to pay additional charges, and note that we do not operate on COD (Cash On Delivery)for this type of delivery.

All you need to do right now to get your bank draft delivered to your door step is to go ahead and pay the security keeping fee of the courier company, or you can as well come down to this branch to pick up your package. The fee is $275 dollars only. You are to come up with this fee to enable our dispatch team process delivery of your package for immediate dispatch. Payment should be made via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram Transfer for security purpose as payment detail is outlined below:

Name of Payment Receiving Officer: Anna .N. Cossa
Address: Johannesburg , South Africa .
Amount to send: $275 USD.

After making payment, you are to send down the payment information for confirmation of payment. Upon receipt and confirmation of your payment, our dispatch team shall effect delivery to you at once and you shall receive your parcel within 48 hours. Note: Your tracking number and airway bill will be provided to you so as to enable you know your delivery statues. If you can make payment today our agent will be able to carry out delivery on your package immediately and it will definitely get to you within 48 hours.

Please, do not hesitate to contact us for further information or assistance and also send to this office your real full house address for a safe delivery. Our telephone number is (+27 83 865 2056), and you should feel free to call any time of the day. Thank you for your anticipated patronage.

My Private email address:

Dr. David Anderson

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