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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: "Mr Graig Watson" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:44:22 -0800
Subject: Attention Dear Beneficiary!!!

Dear Friend,

My name is Graig Watson Director Logistics/Operations, I and my colleagues have contacted you years back to Assist us secure the release of some
money accrued from Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Contract
Over Invoice Payment, though you were not able to assists us conclude
the transaction completely by then considering your financial situation and so I'm happy to inform you our success in getting those Funds transferred under the assistance and cooperation of a new partner from Germany.

Well I have been waiting for you since then to contact me but could not
hear from you Hence we agreed to Compensate you with 10% of the Total funds
Which is $4.8M Million United States Dollars, but I didn't hear from you since that time what happened my friend?. Hope it's not sick reasons?. I had to go and deposit your compensation gift package with the CARGO LOGISTICS EXPRESS DELIVERY COMPANY; for up keep pending when you will contact them because I know i will be out of Country.

The consignment was registered as Jewelry Trunk Box with Ref.Tag Code
No.(CLEXC T.676) And I signed on your behalf waiting for you to
Formally contact the Dispatch Manager Mr Frank Alex and now am out
of Nigeria for fear of the acquired funds being traced by Federal Government of Nigeria and I will not come back till the end of 2017.

What you have to do now as a matter of urgency is to contact the
Company’s Dispatch Manager with below information as soon as possible
so they can arrange for a Courier delivery Agent to deliver your Consignment Trunk box
at Anywhere you may want to receive it. Please don't hesitate because Of demurrage costs.

For your information, I have paid for the Delivering Charges and
Clearance Certificates Fees of the consignment trunk showing that it is not a
Drug Money meant to sponsor Terrorism attack in your Country and devoid of Money Laundering. Therefore you're required to send the Courier Diplomat Agent the Nearest Airport close to your State/Location for ease delivery.

The only money you will send to the Company to deliver your
Consignment box directly to any Address of your choice in your country as demanded is
($165US) Dollars only being Security Keeping Fee of your trunk Consignment
Box. Again, do not be deceived by anybody to pay any other additional
money except $165US Dollars.I would have Personally paid that but they said no
because they do not know when you will contact them in case of
Demurrage costs.

Now contact Mr. Frank Alex he's dispatched manager
Company’s Email:
Dispatch Manager; Mr Frank Alex
Telephone: +234 8082-677950.

Finally, make sure that you re-confirm below Info.

(1)Your Postal address.....
(2) Your Direct Telephone number...
(3) Inter. passport/Drivers License or National Id card
as required by the Company.
(4) The nearest Airport in your State/Location.

This is to avoid any mistake in Delivery and Ask them to give you the tracking number after you might have paid the security keeping fee to them to enable you track your consignment box and know where/when it will get to your address with the Diplomatic Courier delivering Agent. I Repeat again; try to contact them as soon as you receive
this mail to avoid any further delay. Congratulation & good luck.

Yours Faithfully,

Graig Watson
Director Logistics/
Operations NNPC

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