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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: Fri, 10 Mar 2023 04:21:42 -0800
Subject: FedEx Courier Company

Attention Beneficiary: This message is coming from FedEx Courier
Company, Benin Republic. We are hereby to inform you about your fund
total $30.5Million, from ECOWAS. and it's being deposited with FedEx
COURIER COMPANY for Delivery and our diplomatic agent by name Mrs.
Rita Eseoghene, has left Benin Republic and she is currently at United
States of America now and here is her phone number +1 (323) 641 6432.
Email: {} Try to contact her today for a safe
delivery of your fund in a consignment box, do not let the diplomat
agent know the contents of the box because I never disclosed It to her
for security reasons.

Delivery address........
Phone number............
Nearest Airport ........
Country and States..
Copy of passport or driving licence.

Best Regard
Mr. James Frank
Director FedEx Courier Company
CELL. +229 58 83 00 94

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