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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: "Dr. Bryan Anderson" < <">">
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2016 23:26:17 -0800
Subject: Possible Spam : Urgent Reply, Attention: Consignment Owner

Port Columbus Intl Airport-Cmh, Columbus OH
4600 International Gateway Columbus, Ohio 43219
Urgent Reply,  Attention: Consignment Owner,
I am Dr. Bryan Anderson , Executive Director, Port Columbus International Airport Ohio USA, During our recent withheld package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, we had discovered an abandoned shipment from one Diplomat agent who came all the way from Republic of Benin under shipping forwarder from Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl Airport to our facility custody here in Port Columbus Ohio and when scanned, it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in one Metal Trunk Boxes weighing approximately 12kg.
The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid diversion by the Shipping Agent and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges, On my assumption, the box contain more than $2.8 Million and the consignment is still in our Storage House here in Port Columbus Intl Airport till today.
However; you should be informed that the Consignment in one metal boxes with weight of about 12kg (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm). Effective capacity: 180 L.) Approximately, the details of the consignment including your name/address were tagged on the Metal Trunk boxes. Please note that this consignment is supposed to returned to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to your delays in contacting us with (Sworn Affidavit for claim / Custom Delivery permit Order) from the origin of the Country Benin and both certificates will cost you the sum of $185.00 USD to obtain it.
So as a matter of urgent you are hereby advised to pick up below information and send the Sworn Affidavit for claim / Custom Delivery permit Order fee of $185.00 to our Inspection Agent in USA to obtain the Sworn Affidavit for claim / Custom Delivery permit Order from Custom and Border Protection USA,
Recipient Name....... Esther M. Kowalski
Address: 1108 Woobury Lane #B1 Wheeling, IL  60090 USA
Country.................. .... USA
Location................. . Illinois
Text Question....... How Long
Answer................... .. Today
Amount.........$185 USD
I am waiting for your prompt respond with the Western Union or Money Gram payment details.
Yours faithfully
Dr. Bryan Anderson, Executive Director, Port Columbus International Airport Ohio

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