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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "the consignment" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "trunk box" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "consignment " (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "a diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "David Ellis" (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 9 Jun 2012 08:33:19 -0500
I am David Ellis, Head of Inspection Unit, United Nations Inspection
Agency in Hartsfield International Airport Atlanta, Georgia. During our
investigation, I discovered An abandoned shipment through a Diplomat
from United Kingdom which was transferred from JF Kennedy Airport to
our facility here in Atlanta, and when scanned it revealed an
undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately
110kg each. The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not
properly declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as
personal effects and classified documents to avoid much scrutiny by the airport authorities and also the
Diplomats inability to pay for Non Inspection Fees and yellow tag. These are my discoveries.
By my assessment, each of the boxes will contains about $4M or more
in each of the consignments that is still left in the airport storage
house till today. The Consignments are two metal boxes weighing about
65kg each (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm). Effective
capacity: 680 L.) Approximately, The details of the consignment
including your name and email on the official document from United
Nation office in London where the shipment was tagged as personal
effects is with us.
As it stands now, you may have to reconfirm your Phone Number, full
address, so we can cross check and if it corresponds with the address on
the official documents including the name of the nearest Airport around
you including other details.
All communication must be held extremely confidential. I can get
everything concluded and wrapped up within 72 hours max upon your acceptance But it
must be on the condition that i shall be compensated with certain percentages of the total amount contained in the boxes and i must get assurance from you
concerning percentage before I can conclide plan/arrangements to deliver the shipment to any
address of your choice.
I will use my vantage position to have the consignment cleared given that
the shipper has abandoned it and ran away. I will take care of the Non
inspection fee and arrange for the boxes to be moved out of this
Airport to any address of your choice
Once we are in agreement, I will employ the services of a secure shipping
Company/agent that will provide the necessary security that is required
to deliver the package to your doorstep to avoid complications. But I will need a written guarantee and a
copy of any type of identification of you on my percentage compensation before I can take up the challenge.
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