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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: "Mr. Peterson Bobby" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Apr 2016 07:10:39 +0200
Subject: Your Abandoned Package For Delivery

Director Airport Inspection Officer Murtala Mohammed International Airport=
574 Ikeja Airport Lagos, Nigeria Good day, Please confirm if this is =
a valid email contact address as the address is identical with what we have=
in the Two Metal Trunk Consignment Boxes here in Murtala Mohammed Internat=
ional Airport. I have a very vital information to give to you, but first I =
must confirm that am communicating with the right person before I reveal it=
to you because it may cause me my job,This recent development is not yet o=
ut in the open so i need to make sure you can be trusted for me to be able =
to reveal this secret to you. I am Mr. Peterson Bobby, head of luggage/bagg=
age storage facilities (Operations, Maintenance, Transportation) here at th=
e Murtala Mohammed Ikeja Airport Lagos Nigeria. During my recent withheld p=
ackage routine check at the Airport Storage Vault,I discovered an abandoned=
shipment from a Uniited Kingdom Diplomat,This was as a result of the old G=
overmental policy in section 14.06.19 subsection 22b applied to all foreign=
ers investing here in Nigeria,I secretely scan the consignment and it revea=
led an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately=
110kg. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignme=
nt was not properly declared by the consignee as "MONEY" rather it was decl=
ared as "personal" effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of =
the diplomat to pay for the Non Inspection Charges which is $3,700USD and t=
he notarization fee for the documents attached to the consignment box. On m=
y assumption the consignment is still left in our Storage House here at the=
Murtala Mohammed International Airport Lagos Nigeria till date,but now tha=
t there is a change in the government sector and a new president has recent=
ly been elected which is bringing a new development and growth in the econo=
my of Nigeria,all withheld package under my custody are soon to be taking t=
o the Nigerian Treasury Department as Unclaimed delivery due to delays in c=
oncluding the clearance processes,so as a result of this, I will not be abl=
e to receive your details on my official email account.I will advise you se=
nd the required details to my private email address for quick processing an=
d response. Full name: Phone Number: Full Address: Name Of Nearest Airpor=
t: Once I confirm this details showing that you are still alive,i will co=
mmence the delivery process of the trunk box only on one condition which i =
will explain below, However, be informed that the reason I have taken it up=
on myself to contact you personally about this abandoned consignment which =
you already think is a lost funds is because I want us to transact this bus=
iness and share the funds 70% for you and 30% for me instead of returning i=
t to the Nigerian Government Treasury Department. Lastly,if you agree with =
my terms to the percentage above,I will go ahead and pay for the Non Inspec=
tion Fee of $3,700 dollars knowing the huge amount of funds in the trunk bo=
x and also to aviod any further delay as we dont have much time left,The no=
tarization fee cost just $420 which will be paid personally by you as the o=
wner with evidence showing that the said payment will be coming in your nam=
e to match with the documented name that will be in the Trunk Box as mandat=
ed by the Nigerian notary office. I wait to hear from you urgently if y=
ou are still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confident=
ial. Please get back to me via my private Email:for further directives Te=
l:+234,7055244162..(Feel free to call me anytime,if i dont answer drop a me=
ssage). Thank you. MR.Peterson Bobby. Director Airport Inspection O=
fficer Murtala Mohammed International Airport 574 Ikeja Airport Lagos, Nige=

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