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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Richard Owen" <>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 14:56:58 +0200
Subject: Attention: Consignee!!

Dear: Consignee!

I am Mr. Richard Owen (C.S.C), in charge of scanning cargo
consignments in the inspection department Heathrow International Air
Port Hillingdon, London, United Kingdom.

I am contacting you because of a particular cargo from Ghana
Africa/Europe pacific that was intercepted for some weeks now by the
men in charge of controlling consignment at custom control gate due to
incomplete documentation. This consignment bears your name,email and
particulars as the receiver but was routing for another different
country to your address, meanwhile under diplomatic shipment.

Our men has waited for several days for the cargo escort to forward as
promised with remaining documents but unsuccessful as a result the
consignment has entered ware house Demurrage which is preview to
seizure and subsequent auctioning in a short time...Before process of
Seizure has to be carried out, the officials at the Custom Ware house
have to bring the consignment box to me for scanning in order to
verify actual content.

During my personal scanning of the consignment i was shocked that the
result of my scanning machine displayed United States Dollars Currency
stocked filled in the box. I personally decided not to inform the
authority what my scanning result revealed because if i do, the
authority shall authorize for the consignment to be seized as an
illegal money meant for money laundry, as i can not gain anything from

As the scanning manager who only knows the content of the consignment,
i want you to tell me the truth if this money in the box is original
money and can be spent? Because i am ready to work with you to get the
box released for you to receive your fund in the box provided you
shall compensate me with reasonable amount qualified to the extent of
assistance i shall put in place for the successful receiving of the
fund to you.

By my estimate since the box is completely stocked, i believe that
total value in the box can not be less than $2,200,000.00 ( Two
Million Two Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) though you
actually know better than me the actual value in the box hence you are
the original hair to the Consignment.

If you are interested for me to work with you as i said disclose to me
immediately your complete name, address, and telephone number.... And
I hope you are aware that you do not expect me to advise you the
importance for you to keep matter of this consignment secrete to
yourself alone knowing what could be the adverse implication should in
case you let another person know. So keep it top secret. contact me on
my email address (

Yours Sincerely
Mr. Richard Owen
Cargo Scanning Officer
Heathrow International Air Port
Hillingdon, London, United Kingdom
My Tel: +44 2079930565

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