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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: "STORAGE DEPARTMENT" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 28 May 2016 16:43:50 +0200

Good Morning,

I am Mr. Arnold J. Frederic from the Office of Inspection Unit/United Nations Agency USA, During my recent routine check at the Storage/vault on withheld packages, I discovered an abandoned shipment that belongs to you from a Diplomat from London England, when scanned it in our Airport scanning machine it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in Metal Trunk Box valued (One Million seven hundred thousand United States Dollars) ($1.7m).

The consignment was abandoned because the Contents 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 IRREVOCABLE CONSIGNMENT MONEY MOVEMENT Charges Before bringing in the consignment into US and we refused to return back the consignment where it came from since we have already received it here in USA.

However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment, as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit I will advise you to Quickly reconfirm your current address, direct telephone/cell number.

I am expecting your call/text SMS today after reading this message for immediate delivery to your door step


Tel: +1 210 399 5128

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