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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. X" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 24 Apr 2016 21:53:56 +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 firs=
t I must confirm that am communicating with the right person before I revea=
l it to you because it may cause me my job,This is a top secret so i need t=
o make sure you can be trusted. I am Mr. Peterson Bobby, head of luggage/=
baggage storage facilities (Operations, Maintenance, Transportation) here a=
t the Murtala Mohammed Ikeja Airport Lagos Nigeria. During my recent withhe=
ld package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault,I discovered an aband=
oned shipment from a Uniited Kingdom Diplomat,This was as a result of the o=
ld Govermental policy in section 14.06.19 subsection 22b applied to all for=
eigners investing here in Nigeria,I secretely scan the consignment and it r=
evealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approxima=
tely 110kg. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consi=
gnment 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 Non Inspection Charges which is $3,700USD. =
On my assumption the consignment is still left in our Storage House till da=
te,but now that there is a change in the governmental sector and a new pres=
ident has recently been elected,A new system is employed and hence bringing=
a new development in the power sector,all withheld package under my custod=
y are soon to be taking to the Nigerian Treasury Department as Unclaimed de=
liveries due to delays in concluding the clearance process. However, be i=
nformed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact you personal=
ly about this abandoned consignment which you already think is a lost funds=
is because I have a PROPOSAL,I want us to transact this business and share=
the funds 70% for you and 30% for me instead of returning it to the Nigeri=
an Government Treasury Department,i want to assure you that i will do every=
thing within my power and give my very best on this deal and i want you to =
do same. I will advise you send the required details to my private email =
address for quick processing and response. Full name: Phone Number: Full =
Address: Name Of Nearest Airport: Once I confirm this details i will comm=
ence the clearance process of the trunk box ONLY if you give me your word t=
hat we have a deal. Lastly,if you agree with my terms to the percentage a=
bove,I will go ahead and pay for the Non Inspection Fee of $3,700 dollars a=
s we do not have much time. I wait to hear from you urgently if you are=
still alive I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. Tel=
:+234,7055244162..(Feel free to call me anytime,if i dont answer drop a mes=
sage). Thanks you. MR.Peterson Bobby. Director Airport Inspection O=
fficer Murtala Mohammed International Airport 574 Ikeja Airport Lagos, Nige=
ria. =20

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