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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:

Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2014 08:15:12 -0700

From: Mr. George  
No: 19 Kingston Rd, New Malden,
Surrey KT3   3LY,
United Kingdom.
Phone: +447430481892
Dear Friend,
I have a Mutual/Beneficial Business Project for you worth
Millions of Dollars.
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can I give you this trust?
I am Mr. George Cooper, Director Inspection Unit United
Nations Inspection Agency at Heathrow International airport UK (London) During
my inspection duty at Airport, I discovered An abandoned shipment by a Diplomat
from Libya, the shipment was transferred from Newark Liberty International
Airport New Jersey to our facility in UK (London) and when scanned it revealed
an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 120kg.
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's inability
to pay for Non Inspection Fees.  My
assumption is that the box will contain more than US$11M to US$12M and the
consignment is still left in storage house till today through a registered
shipping Company, Courier Dispatch Service Limited a division of Trans guard
The details of the consignment including the name on the
official document from United Nations office in London are tagged on the Metal
Trunk box. Please Provide your Phone Number, or how you will like to receive
the fund either through delivery or bank transfer and confirmation of your
nearest Airport and other details. You can send the required details to me for
onward delivery. All communication must be held extremely confidential. I can
get everything concluded within 72 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to
your address for delivery. But I must get assurance from you concerning my 60%
before I will proceed. Now I have decided to invest this money in your country
or anywhere safe for security and political reasons. I want your choice and
advice for investment purposes on these areas below:
1) Transport Industry.
2) Mechanized Agriculture.
3) Estate Investment.
I want us to transact this business and share the fund,
since the shipper has abandoned it and ran away. I will pay for the Non
inspection fee and arrange for the box to be moved out of this Airport to your
address, but I will share it 40% to you and 60% to me, you have to assure me of
my 60%.  I got your contact through
British Site agency Information Exchange and decided to write you.
Make sure you respond to me via my direct email (      or
Best Regards,
Mr. George Cooper.

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