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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: "border protection" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Apr 2016 01:20:36 +0100
Subject: Re: Customs Feedback

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Unit
Office of Border Patrol
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
>From The Desk of: Lisa Amechie
Chief of the Border Patrol
Attention: Diplomatic Parcel Owner
This department is pleased to informed you of a diplomatic PACKAGE in our custody which was intercepted on SAFETY
REGULATION VIOLATION, accompanied Letter was written that your Inheritance/INTERNATIONAL Contract Fund USD8M should
be released to you on a special method of payment with tag Name on the package Reads "SWIFT CREDIT CARD" (VISA ATM
CARD).You are advised to contact this department for retrieval of your package which was left here by an
international diplomat on November 10th 2015. You are to re-confirm Your Name,Address,Next of kin.Phone Number to
Claim your asset.
Inpector Lisa Amechie
Chief of the Border Patrol Security
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
United States of America.

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