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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: "Ms. Carman Lapointe" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 05:14:52 +0600 (BDT)
Subject: Your Assistance Is Needed At Hartsfield-Jackson Airport


I am MS CARMAN LAPOINTE Director Inspection Unit United Nations Inspection
Agent in Heartfield International Airport Atlanta Georgia . During our
investigation, I discovered An abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from
United Kingdom under i ship forwarder was transferred from JF Kennedy
Airport to our facility here in Atlanta and when scanned it revealed an
undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg
each. The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not properly
declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as personal
effect to avoid diversion by the Shipping Agent also the Diplomat
inability to pay for Non Inspection Fees.

On my assumption, each of the boxes will contain more that $3 to $4M each
and the consignment is still left in storage house till today through a
registered shipping Company, Courier Dispatch Service Limited a division
of Tran guard LTD. The Consignment they are two metal box with weight of
about 110kg each (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm). Effective
capacity: 680 L.)Approximately,

The details of the consignment including your name the official document
from United Nation office in London are tagged on the Metal Trunk box.
Provide your Phone Number full address, name of nearest Airport around and
other details or disregard. You can send the required details to me for
onward delivery. All communication must be held extremely confidential. I
can get everything concluded within 3-6 hours upon your acceptance and
proceed to your address for delivery. But I must get
assurance from you concerning my 50% before I will proceed.

I want us to transact this business and share the money, since the
shippers have abandoned it and ran away. I will pay for the Non inspection
fee and arrange for the boxes to be moved out of this Airport to your
address, once we are through I will deploy the services of a secured
shipping Company geared to provide the security it needs to your doorstep.
Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble. But I will share it
50% to you and 50% to me. But you have to assure me of my 50%. If you
agreed with my condition my personal Email is:



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