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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: "Joe Bailey" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:57:39 +0100
Subject: Your with-held consignment/fund

Assistance Inspection Director
Gatwick International Airport
West Sussex RH6 0NP,
United Kingdom


Re: Your Abandoned Package For Delivery

I have very vital information to give to you, but first I must have your trust before I review it to you because it may cause me my job, so I need somebody that I can
trust for me to be able to reveal the secret to you.

I am Joe Bailey head of luggage/baggage storage facilities here at the Gatwick International Airport, London UK. During my recent withheld package routine
check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment by a Diplomat and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk
box. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as the trunk contains the amount
inwards ($3.25 million united states dollars). On my assumption the consignment is still left in our Storage House here at the Gatwick International Airport, London till
date. The details of the consignment including your name, your email address and the official documents from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the
Trunk box.

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 re-confirm your
current Phone Number and Full Address, to enable me cross check if it corresponds with the address on the official documents including the name of nearest Airport
around your city. Please note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the Her Majesty's Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the
delays in concluding the clearance processes so as a result of this, I will not be able to receive your details on my official email account. So in order words to enable
me cross check your details, I will advise you send the required details to my private email address for quick processing and response. Once I confirm you as the
actual recipient of the trunk box, I can get everything concluded within 48hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery.

Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned consignment is because I want us to transact this
business and share the money between us since the consignment has not yet been returned to the Her Majesty's Treasury Department after being abandoned by the
diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United Kingdom Non Inspection Fee and arrange for the box to be delivered to your
doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my share.

I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via my private Email:
( for further directives: You can call me on my telephone number and drop a message.

Thank you.
Joe Bailey
Assistance Inspection Director
Gatwick International Airport
West Sussex RH6 0NP,
United Kingdom

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