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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: "David Ellis" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
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

Diplomat’s 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.

Best Regards,

David Ellis
(404) 462 2941

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