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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 07:30:42 -0400


I am Wiliam Mills,the Assistant Director Inspection Unit/United Nations Inspection Agent in

Heathrow Int'l Airport, London (UK) During my recent withheld package routine check at the

Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from Africa and

when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in two Metal Trunk Boxes weighing

approximately 25kg each. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the

consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as MONEY·rather it was declared as

personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the

United Nations Diplomatic Non Inspection Charges which is about $USD3,800 .
On my assumption, each of the boxes will contain more than $10 Million to $10.7 Million each

and the consignment is still left in our Storage Vault here at the Heathrow Int'l Airport,

London (UK) till date.

However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment as the

assistant director of the Inspection Unit, I will advise you provide your current Phone

Number and Full Name / Address, to enable me cross check if it corresponds with the address

on the official documents including the name of nearest Airport around your city. Please

note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the U.K Treasury Department

as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in concluding the clearance processes ,so as a

result of this, I will not be able to receive your details on my official email account. So

in order words to enable me cross check your details, I will advise you send the required

details to me for quick processing and response. Once I confirm you as the actual recipient

of the trunk boxes, I can get everything concluded within 48 hours upon your acceptance and

proceed to your address for delivery.

Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally

about this abandoned consignment is because I want us to transact this business and you will

settle me since the consignment has not yet been returned to the U.K Treasury Department

after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I will

arrange for the boxes to be delivered to your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid

any more trouble but you have to assure me of my settlement.

Sorry I have to withhold my direct telephone number and other information until I'm sure of

your cooperation. just email me and make sure you include your mobile number.I wait to hear

from you urgently if you are still alive.

Wiliam Mills,
Assistance Director Inspection Unit,
Heathrow Intl I Airport,London (UK)
Private Email:(William Mills

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