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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: "Frank Moore" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:54:21 -0300
Subject: ###ATTENTION:Notice On Your Package reg #: JG1N8875BS.

Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
Charlotte Douglas International Airport
5501 R C Josh Birmingham Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28208, United States.

ATTENTION:Notice On Your Package reg #: JG1N8875BS.

In view of your inability to receive your package reg #: JG1N8875BS
originally scheduled to be delivered to you by the agency foreign payment
service New York. This package in a metal box valued 2,316,000USD (Two
Million, Three Hundred and Sixteen thousand United States dollars) arrived
at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. via American Airlines
flight no.3075.

The agency Foreign payment service New York staff came and applied for the
release of this package for delivery to your address but has since not shown

I am writing to inform you that we have intercepted and investigated the said
package and the investigation proved the legitimacy of your package.Note, that
the package was initially scheduled for delivery to you, you are therefore advised
to make contact with Mr. Matt Willy of All American Courier, llc Director of
Delivery to recover your package and deliver it to you. email is:

Note that this notice serves as our last recovery notice to you as the
grace day given to you has expired and the airport cargo and storage unit
shall begin to charge $20.00 for each day the package stays in their custody,
you are therefore advised to hasten up in order to recover your package
or we will be compelled to list your package as an unclaimed and maybe
forfeited and moved to the United States Treasury Department for holding.

Best regards,

Frank R.Moore, Director,
Cargo and Storage Unit,
Charlotte Douglas International Airport

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