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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: "PAUL CROWELL" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 29 Feb 2016 23:14:45 +0530
Subject: Dear: Beneficiary

Interim Assistance General Manager,
(Operations, Maintenance, Transportation)
One Terminal Drive, Middle town,
PA 17057, Pennsylvania USA

Dear: Beneficiary.

Abandoned Package For Delivery

I am Mr. Paul Crowell, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities (Operations, Maintenance, Transportation) here in Harrisburg International Airport, Pennsylvania USA.
During the recent withheld package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment which was not properly declared by the consignee as "MONEY" rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges which is $3,700 USD. On my assumption, the consignment is still left in our Storage House here at the Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania till date. The details of the consignment including your name, your email address and the official documents tagged on the Trunk box.

However, as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit, I will advise you provide your current details including the name of the nearest Airport around your city, to enable me get all the required document to get the consignment RELEASE. Please note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in concluding the clearance processes. I will not be able to receive your details on my official email account. So in order words to enable me process the release, I will advise you send your details to my private email address for quick processing . Once I confirm your details, I can get everything concluded within 48 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery.

Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned consignment is because I want us to transact this business and share the money 70% for you and 30% for me since the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United States Non Inspection Fee of $3,700 dollars and arrange for the box to be delivered to your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my 30% share.

I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. please get back to me via my private Email: ( For further directives.


Paul Crowell
Interim Assistance General Manager.

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