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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.Micheal Smith <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 11:40:35 +0100
Subject: Re: Abandoned Shipment

Mr.Micheal Smith
Iinspection Unit
Queens, New York,JFK International Airport .

Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Micheal Smith, Director of Inspection, United Nations
Inspection Agent in JFK International Airport New York,USA

During our investigation, I discovered An abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from United Kingdom.

It was kept under our facility here in New York and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg each.

The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not properly declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid diversion by the Shipping agent also the Diplomat inability to pay for Non Inspection Fees.

On my assumption, i discovered that each of the boxes will contain more than $7M to $10M each and the consignment is still left in storage house till today through a registered shipping Company, Courier Dispatch Service Limited a division of Tran guard LTD.

The Consignments are two metal box with weight of about 110kg each (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm). Effective capacity: 680 L.)Approximately.

I wish to present your name and information as the recipient of the consignment if you agree to cooperate with me and both of us will benefit from this deal.

You will need to provide your full name,Phone Numbers and the nearest Airport around your location.

All communication must be held extremely confidential. I can get everything concluded within 24 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery.

But I must get assurance from you concerning my 50% before I will proceed.

I want us to transact this business and share the money, since the shippers have abandoned it and ran away. We will pay for the Non
inspection fee and arrange for the boxes to be moved out of this Airport to your address.

once we are through I will deploy the services of a secured shipping Company geared to provide the security it needs to your doorstep. Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble. But I will share it 50% to you and 50% to me. But you have to assure me of my 50% before proceeding.

I look forward to your response.

Mr. Micheal Smith

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