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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 Joseph Scott <>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 08:00:34 -0200
Subject: Re: Your Abandoned Package For Delivery

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
somebody that I can trust for me to be able to review the secret to you.

I am Mr.Joseph Scott, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities here at
the McCarran International Airport,Nevada USA. During my recent withheld
package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an
abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from London and when scanned it
an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk box. The consignment was
abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly
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 United States Non Inspection Charges which is $3,700USD. On my
assumption the consignment is still left in our Storage House here at
International Airport Nevada till date. The details of the consignment
including your name, your email address and the official documents from
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
you provide your current Phone Number and Full Address, to enable me
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 United States
Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in
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.
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.


Your Full Name:
Your Country:
Your Direct Telephone Numbers:
Your Direct Office Phone Numbers:
Mobile Phone Number:
Your Current Home Address:
Your Office Address:
Your age:

Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to
you personally about this abandoned consignment is because I want us to
transact this business and share the money 80% for you and 20% for me
the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury
Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately the
confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United States Non
Inspection Fee of $3,700 dollars and arrange for the box to be delivered
your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but
have to assure me of my 20% share.

I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will
appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. for further
You can call me on my telephone number: +1 702 728 3301 for verbal
conversation. Emeil: ( if am not available
accept your call, please and drop a message or send me a text or email.

Thank you.
Mr.Joseph Scott
Assistance Inspection Director
McCarran International Airport
Las Vegas Nevada,
WMO 72386, United States

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