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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: "Dr. George Michael" <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 05:22:22 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Consignment Box Arrival Notification.

Attention: Beneficiary,

We wish to inform you that we have waited for the non inspection certificate of your Intercepted Consignment Box for a while but did not receive any records of the document and as routine in our agency have scanned your sealed consignment box and to our greatest surprise discovered contents to be cash packaged in $100.00 dollar bills to the amount over $3.4,000,000 million dollars instead of the registered (family valuables / Charity relief materials).  After due investigation carried out with the tag number at the security company in charge of the Deposit, we have realized that the funds was deposited with the company in disguise as family valuables and sealed in a consignment box meant for charity to help the poor and orphans in the society which is not involved in money laundering or any illegal activities.

First we hope you understand the ethics of diplomatic delivery to avoid delay in receiving your inheritance funds. Due to the delicate nature of the situation as we are fully aware that the box contains cash instead of the disguised (family valuables / Charity relief materials), we arranged an instant diplomatic delivery to maintain confidentiality and safety of the funds.

Our special male diplomat agent James Mark was appointed immediately to deliver the sealed consignment box to your address and the good news is that he has confirmed arrival to United States of America with your box. The reason why we have used him was because previous attempts with other agents failed without any positive results so we solicit your maximum cooperation with the diplomat to enable him deliver the box to you this week and return back to England.

Contact the special agent James Mark at (  +12092338795  and reconfirm to him the following details below so that he will not have problem locating you immediately with the box and to avoid any further delay in Delivery. The only fee you will pay at the airport in United States of America is the basic Arrival Clearance of the box since it is sealed to avoid inspection or loss of any part of your inheritance.

- Full Names
- Residential Address
- Telephone/Mobile numbers
- Scanned copy of identification
- Nearest airport

We hope that you understand our sincerity and dedication to services so do not delay or inconvenience agent James Mark as he has very limited time to deliver the box to you and board the next available flight back to England for his next assignment to Japan. Delay could cause problems with Authorities so make sure you clear the bills as soon as you contact him to enable him reach your address within 4 hours of contact via next available flight.

I hope you understand that no one should know the real content of the box until you meet with the agent James Mark to avoid interception of any information.

Contact for his number so that your communication will be swift, keep us informed as soon as he hands over the box to you.

Yours faithfully,
Dr.  George Michael
Controller general international inspection department
Heathrow international airport - London

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