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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. Rose Mary. X" < <">">
Date: Tue, 21 Apr 2020 20:15:17 -0700
Subject: Re: 20/04/2020


I have been waiting for you since to come down here and pick your draft but i did not hear anything from you since then, I have deposited the certified bank draft $2,500,000.00 with the FEDERAL DIPLOMATIC DELIVERY here in New York , because I traveled to London to see my boss and I will not be returning back till sometimes in June 2020.

I have arranged with the FEDERAL DIPLOMATIC DELIVERY to get your certified bank draft to you this month and they will be delivering it to you directly. I would have deposited the draft with Bank for wire transfer into your own account but the procedure of Bank is too much and they will require enough fee.I gave your delivery details to FEDERAL DIPLOMATIC DELIVERY but it will be wise you re-confirm the information to them again so that there will not be any misdelivery of your draft.
Send the below information to the FEDERAL DIPLOMATIC DELIVERY.

(1)Full Name
(3)Your private telephone numbers

It is a pity I could not complete the dispatch of your draft to you due to my travelling schedule and would have prefer the fund to be transfered to you via bank to bank wire transfer but I made some searches about the Bank transfer and they told me that it will cost you the sum of US$8,590 to transfer the certified bank draft valued US$2,500,000.00 into a foreign account. But I have deposited the draft for delivery to FEDERAL DIPLOMATIC DELIVERY, below is the FEDERAL DIPLOMATIC DELIVERY contact.

Director: Dr.Josh Lundis

For your information, I have paid for the delivery Charge, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the draft showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorism attack in your Country.

The only money you will send to FEDERAL DIPLOMATIC DELIVERY COMPANY to deliver your draft direct to your postal Address in your country is US$570 only, being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier Company so far.

Please if you want to contact the FEDERAL DIPLOMATIC DELIVERY, you are to contact them with a reference code number which is (xx01x25000k) and your address where you want them to deliver your certified bank draft to you.

You are to pay the $570 to the FEDERAL DIPLOMATIC DELIVERY to enable them to proceed and get the draft to you, don't fail to reconfirm your mailing address to them for your own good.

Mrs. Rose Mary.

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