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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Oct 2017 19:40:32 +0200
Subject: Re.Official Payment Letter.

Dear Beneficiary,
I was appointed to come to Cambodia in Asia by my superior Mr. Ant?nio Guterres and the World Bank President to effect the release of your CASH by UNITED
NATION/FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION approved payment of $16,500,000.00 which has been approved to you since last year.  Our intelligence reported reveals that this
fund has been fluctuating off and on transit until it was intercept and returned to the US-CAMBODIA Treasury Account.
It is my pleasure to inform you that Your cash was uploaded to ATM Card, have been approved in your favor, The ATM VISA CARD Value is US$16,500,000.00. You are advised
that a maximum daily withdrawal value of US$10,000.00 is permitted per day or the equivalent in your local currency, we have concluded delivery arrangement with
Tracklan Express Courier Services, because they are affiliated to one of the Largest Insurance Companies.
In view of this development, you are requested to pay $180.00 to the deliver Company.
CECS BRONZ (1 DAY  DELIVERY) Mailing     US$180.00
Insurance         US$100.00
Vat          US$ 80.00
TOTAL             US$180.00
Kindly send your information to Tracklan Express Courier Services.
1)Full Name
2)Full Address
3)Telephone Number
4)A copy of identification
Tracklan Express Courier Services
Name: Miss.Chi Liko
Upon receipt of payment the delivery officer will ensure that your package is sent within 24 working hours. Because we are so sure of everything we are giving you a
100% money back guarantee if you do not receive payment/package within the next 24hrs after you have made the payment for shipping.
Thanks for your anticipated co-operation.
Yours sincerely,
Mrs. Donna Story.

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