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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: "DAVID MORRISON" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 19 May 2016 14:21:34 -0700
Subject: ATTENTION:Notice On Your Package reg #: JG1N8875BS

Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
(L.A.X) Los Angeles International Airport
1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045 United States.
ATTENTION:Notice On Your Package reg #: JG1N8875BS
In view of your inability to receive your package reg #: JG1N8875BS originally scheduled to be delivered to you by the agency foreign payment service New York.
This package in a metal box valued 2,316,000USD (Two Million, Three Hundred and Sixteen thousand United States dollars) arrived at (L.A.X) Los Angeles International Airport, via American Airlines flight no.3075.
The agency Foreign payment service L.A staff came and applied for the release of this package for delivery to your address but has since not shown up.
I am writing to inform you that we have intercepted and investigated the said package and investigations proved the legitimacy and that the package was initially scheduled for delivery to you, you are therefore advised to make contact with Mr.Jerry Lambert, All American Courier, llc Director of Delivery to recover your package and deliver it to you. email is: (
Note that this notice serves as our last recovery notice to you as the grace day given to you has expired and we shall begin to charge $20.00 for each day the package stays in our custody, you are therefore advised to make move to recover your package or we will be compelled to list your package as an unclaimed and maybe forfeited and moved to the United States Treasury Department for holding.
Best regards,
David Morrison,
Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
(LAX) Los Angeles International Airport)

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