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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: Wed, 17 Mar 2021 19:05:28 -0700
Subject: Thank you for emailing FedEx Delivery Services

TEL:  +2347089073391
Attention: Sir/Madam
Thank you for emailing FedEx Delivery Services.
FedEx Delivery Service is a courier company dedicated in providing the very best the industry has to offer. We are proud to have established an enviable reputation for honest, reliable and excellent service with a keen focus on security and cost effectiveness. We are an independent family with one goal in mind to be dependable hence we offer unparalleled level of service to all our clients. We operate both time critical same-day and express next-day deliveries across the globe and a comprehensive range of global services. We serve small and medium sized companies right up to major blue chip corporations and can guarantee that no matter how large or small your business is, we have the solution to all your transport issues. The consistency of our services has attracted clients in the banking industry, telecommunications, medical, pharmaceutical, financial, legal and courier companies where we provide a cost-effective and reliable back-up service.
This transaction indicates that your parcel has been officially cleared for delivery by the FedEx Delivery Services as we have confirmed your address for delivery of your Winning package. The Lottery agent came to our office to place your package on out going delivery, the Lottery agent has already paid for the delivery fee and security keeping fee as well as the Vat Fee, but we did not receive the payment for the insurance fees from them due to the fact that we don't know when you will be contacting us via email, that we have your package. Below  informed that payment of the insurance fees of $95 US has an expiration time of five {2} working days , In view of this, if payment is not made on or before the expiration date, your Winning package will be sent back to the Lottery Company as unclaimed Winning. And I am very well informed that you have been informed by the FedEx Customer Relation Officer.  It is imperative to make you understand that payment of the Insurance fees must be received at the O
Payment of $95 US as the insurance fees, should be made via Western Union Money Transfer or RIA Money Transfer to the company the under listed information of the receiving account officer who is responsible for that. Find below our Receiving Account officer Information:
The FedEx Courier Office recommends that Payment for the insurance fees of your Winning should be made via Western Union Money Transfer so as to speed up the delivery process. Do visit any local Western Union outlet close to you and make payment for your shipment here is the office details stated below that you are to make the payment with:
This Is The Office Information:
Receiver's Address :  LAGOS NIGERIA
Amount to Send : $95 USD
After transfer, you are to send to this office a copy of the transfer slip via email and also fill that form below:
[1]Sender's Name:
[2]Sender's Address:
[3]Mtcn(Control  Number):
[4]Amount Sent:
[5]Test Question And Answer:
After payment have been made, do send in copy of the payment slip as proof and verification of payment so that as soon as the insurance fees is received, delivery will be made to your doorstep according to our delivery requirement under 24 hours. Await your response as soon as payment has been made. Please save this document as it contains important information about your parcel at FEDEX COURIER SERVICE LTD.  Your Reg. Order No: SH231282, description and delivery information. Please contact Fedex company via email:
Below is the list of the content in the package we are to deliver to you.
1. Winning cheque value the sum Eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($800, 000.00 U.S.D)
2. An Apple MacBook  Pro Laptop,
3. An Apple iPhone Phone
4. Coca-Cola Bottling Company T-shirt,
5. Coca-Cola Bottling Company Branded Baseball cap.
Note : Below is the display image of your package, ready for instant dispatch.
We are a well established and registered company offering courier and transport services 24 hours a day for priority delivery of letters, parcels and consignments to any destination by road, air or sea. It is the usual practice of our organization to conduct a proper verification of all parcels that we are to deliver to ensure that they are valid. The insurance cover of your winning funds will act as an undertaken to your winning funds in-case of loss, damage or theft of your highly sensitive parcel content. We assure all responsibilities in case of any eventualities. We hereby guarantee and assure you that your Winning package has been confirmed valid. Your Winning delivery will be made once you have paid for the Insurance fees of ($95 Dollars). Note that the majority of our orders are dispatched on a signed for delivery. Please ensure that you are available at your home address to sign for your parcel on delivery. On receipt of your payment for the Insurance fees we shall commence with the delivery of your
TEL:  +2347089073391

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