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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:

Date: Wed, 02 Mar 2016 09:23:02 -0300

Interim Assistance General Manager, (Operations,Maintenance,Transportation)=
Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania One Terminal Drive, Middleto=
wn. I have very vital information to give to you, but first I must have you=
r trust before I reveal it to you because it may cause me my job, so I need=
somebody that I can trust for me to be able to reveal the secret to you. I=
am Mr. Thompson Perry, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities (Operati=
ons, Maintenance, Transportation) here at the Harrisburg International Airp=
ort, Pennsylvania USA. During my recent withheld package routine check at t=
he Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diploma=
t from London and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a=
Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg. The consignment was abandone=
d because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the =
consignee as "MONEY" rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid int=
errogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United Sta=
tes Non Inspection Charges which is $3,700USD and the notarization fee for =
the documents attached to the consignment box. On my assumption the consign=
ment is still left in our Storage House here at the Harrisburg Internationa=
l Airport Pennsylvania till date. The details of the consignment including =
your name, your email address and the official documents from the United Na=
tions office in Geneva are tagged on the Trunk box. However, to enable me c=
onfirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment as the assistant=
director of the Inspection Unit, I will advise you provide your details wh=
ich include Full name: Phone Number: Full Address: to enable me cross check=
if it corresponds with the address on the official documents including the=
name of nearest Airport around your city. Please note that this consignmen=
t is supposed to have been returned to the United States Treasury Departmen=
t as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in concluding the clearance proce=
sses so as a result of this, I will not be able to receive your details on =
my official email account. So in order words to enable me cross check your =
details, I will advise you send the required details to my private email ad=
dress for quick processing and response. Once I confirm you as the actual r=
ecipient of the trunk box, I can get everything concluded within 48hours up=
on your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery. Lastly, be inf=
ormed 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 bus=
iness 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 be=
ing abandoned by the diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I wi=
ll go ahead and pay for the United States Non Inspection Fee of $3,700 doll=
ars and as mandated by the notary office, you would be the one pay the nota=
rization fee as the box belongs to you. The notarization fee cost just $280=
. I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will apprec=
iate if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via my pr=
ivate Email:( for further directives Thanks you. =
Thompson Perry Interim Assistance General Manager, (Operations,Maintenance,=
Transportation) Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania One Terminal =
Drive, Middletown. Copyright =A9 2015=20

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