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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: "Maurice Brown" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:39:46 +0100
Subject: Confirmation required on package delivery.

From: Maurice Edward Brown
C/o Cargo Unit
JFK International Airport
New York USA
Attn: Beneficiary
Confirmation required on package delivery.
This is to notify you of a consignment/package that arrived and was deposited with the cargo unit of the JFK International Airport New York USA, in your favor and with this email as consignee's contact email address. consequently, we have not received your message or word giving proper directives and consent on delivery. 
presently we are confronted with Mr. Ian John Jackson, a black United Kingdom (UK) citizen and  Mrs. Joan Bailey from USA requesting for the claim of your Consignment/package valued at $25 Million.
This your consignment/package has been deposited in our security vault for safe keeping by the United Nations Debt Re-conciliation commission pending your contact to us for the release via a proper delivery to you at your preferred address, Direct telephone number where you can be reached
Please confirm this information to us now because Mr. Ian John Jackson has presented an affidavit of claim in the respect of the consignment and has been seeking to pay us our delivery and handling charges  for your consignment  package to be released and delivered to his own address on your behalf.
An urgent confirmation from you on this matter is very important.
Thank you.
Robert Coffey

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