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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: FedEx Courier <>
Date: Sat, 15 Jan 2022 10:10:03 +0100
Subject: urgent contact us

FedEx Delivery Company Service
International Operations Division
5225 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC
20015, USA
Office Hours: Monday To Saturday

Welcome to FedEx Express Courier Home Delivery Company, we are very grateful to
be at your service. You have a consignment box worth $7.5million dollars in
our office which was sent to you by Federal Ministry Of Finance World
Compensation (FMF) USA, you are required to summit the following personal
details listed below to our office via e-mail so that your package will be
delivered to you at your door step within 24hours without any delay or stoppage
from anybody. We would like you to receive the package within this Month.

1.) Name:
2.) Address:
3.) Country:
4.) Phone Nb:
5) Occupation:

Thanks for your kind understanding, hope to hear from your soon, God

Best Regard

Mr John Butler FedEx Senior Delivery Officer Official.
urgent contact us now
SMS +1(509) 9032-237

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