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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: "U.S. Custom and Border" <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 11:41:35 +1300 (NZDT)
Subject: A G Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

U.S. Custom and Border
protection department
Washington , DC 20520

Attention: Dear  
I am Commissioner Mr. Jayson Ahern inspection officer of Dulles international airport Washington

Email me (
Telephone: 206-474-5016

This is to acknowledge the receipt of your affirmation and to inform you of the latest development as regards the delivery of your consignment package by the Diplomat Mr. Hilary Wayne. While scanning the package our cash track machine detected that the content of the package the Diplomat is delivering to you is cash worth the sum of Nine Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($950,000.00).

It is a crime to bring in money (over US$10,000) into the United States of America without proper documentations and clearance because it shows that the money is either being smuggled into the country or the source of the funds is questionable..

It is very important that all the relevant documentations needed to authenticate the source of the funds are provided to prove that the funds were earned legitimately in accordance with the PATRIOT ACT so that the FBI,IRS and Homeland Security will not come knocking at your door. In lieu of the above, it is therefore mandatory that you provide the Origin of Funds Certificate (O.O.F) to prove that the funds have no links with any form of illegality.

Being the beneficiary of the package, the Origin of Funds Certificate (O.O.F) is the only way of confirming the source of the funds and it is your responsibility to provide the Certificate before the Diplomat will be allowed to complete the delivery To You Tomorrow.

The Diplomat's Flight Details shows that he came from Benin Republic and we have contacted the relevant Authorities in that country to inquire about the process of getting the Certificate.

We were informed that the beneficiary of the package will pay for the Certificate and the cost of this documentation $105 Dollars; you have to pay this fee directly to them via Western Union Money Transfer or Money Gram in the name stated below:

Receiver Name: Mr. Michael Enemuo
Address: Benin Republic
City: Cotonou
Amount: $105
Question: Color,
Answer: Green

After paying the Fee, send the following payment information
1. Sender's Name

Also you are required to reconfirm your full details such.

Your home address
Your city
Your current telephone number
Your nearest international airport.
And copy of your ID

Upon the receipt of the payment information, the Certificate will be made out in your name by the Cotonou Republic Du Benin Authority, scanned and send immediately via email to us so that the Diplomat will be allowed to complete the delivery of your package to
you tomorrow.

Failure to pay for this documentation is a confirmation that you wanted to smuggle the funds into the country which is a federal offense and a gross violation of the Patriot Act.

It is therefore in your best interest that you pay for the Certificate as instructed immediately as the consequences of refusing is very severe. You are advice to view the
below attachment for my Identity card.

Yours Faithfully,
Mr. Jayson Ahern
Telephone: 206-474-5016
 A G Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)

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