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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: "Ferguson." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 08:25:26 -0700
Subject: Attn:Consignee,When we scanned A Consignment/It Revealed An Undisclosed Sum of Fund

Attn: Consignee,

An abandoned shipment from Air Cargo Services Africa was brought to our facility here in DFW today and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Trunk Box. The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not properly declared by the consignee as money rather personal effect to avoid diversion by the delivery Agent.

The details of the consignment are tagged on the Trunk box.

Reconfirm your;

1. Your Name.
2. Home phone & Cell Phone
3. Home delivery address
4. Occupation.
5. Email Address.

Send the required details to me through this email.

Once we are through with the normalization, it is recommended that you deploy the services of either Brinks or Transguard.
They are specialists in this field and very much geared to provide the security it needs to your doorstep.

Best Regard.

Mr. Peter Ferguson.

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