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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: "Kristianne Gates Blake Mrs." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2023 12:50:01 -0800

Attn : Winner ,

This is to notify you of your bank draft of $990,000.00 USD
awarded to you by world bank in collaboration with Microsoft Corporation
as your E-mail contact was selected from a computer random e-mail
search of the best E-mail user of Our New Award 2023.I Kristianne Gates
Blake ,head of the yearly lottery organization file the delivery
project with (ROYAL EXPRESS
Courier Service ,Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) and deposit it with Royal Courier
Service Burkina Faso for safe delivery.

Contact the ROYAL EXPRESS COURIER SERVICE as soon as possible with the parcel
registration number(fdx7410) immediately to know delivery date and time.

For your information we have paid for the delivery Charge, Insurance
premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Cheque showing that it is
not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorist attacking your
Country. The only money you will send to the ROYAL EXPRESS COURIER SERVICE to
deliver your Draft direct to your postal Address in your country
is($457.00USD) only, being Security Keeping Fee of the Courier
Company so far.

I would have paid that but they said no because
they don't know when you will contact them and in case of demurrage. You
have to contact the ROYAL EXPRESS COURIER SERVICE now for the delivery of your
Draft with this information bellow;

Contact Person:
Mrs. Terry Tracey
Email Address:
Physical Address: Avenue de la revolution, route de l'a?roport, cit?
an II 01 BP 3892 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Finally, make sure that you confirm your Postal address and Direct
telephone number to them to avoid any mistake on the Delivery

Yours sincerely,
Kristianne Gates Blake Mrs.

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