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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:

From: "Bob Daunton" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 09:30:46 -0800

Heathrow Airport Terminals 1-4 
Heathrow Airport T1-2-3-4,
Northrop Road, London, TW6 2QA
TEL +447031910936
Attn  Sir
I am Bob Daunton 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 Africa, 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$12M to US$13M 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 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.
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%.
Make sure you respond to me via my direct email(
Below is my direct telephone number and I am waiting to hear from you.
MR Bob Daunton
INSPECTION OFFICER(Tel 447031910936 )

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