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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: "Jefferson Joseph Patrick" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 07:21:00 -0000
Subject: Your Consignment Trunk Box


I am Diplomat Jefferson Joseph Patrick, from the United

Nations Security Council, UK Association and my diplomatic

mission is based on Inter-Country shipments of classified

items between North, South and Central American with other

European and the Middle East Nations.
At this moment, I am in Califonia Los Angeles, the United

States of America for a Diplomatic Delivery of a

classified material as requested by the Security Council

Members. However, I must confess that during my arrival at

the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), a routine

check of all abandoned UN items was carried out with the

head supervisor baggage service unit at the airport

Storage Vault due to my role in diplomatic delivery

missions and we discovered an abandoned shipment from

Europe through transit at the London Heathrow Airport

(LHR) which from the Customs X-ray Ultra Scan results

reveals that an undisclosed sum of money in two metal

trunk boxes weighing approximately 280 pounds with

Assumptions of 5.5 Million To 6 Million .
When i check all i can get is your email on the trunk box

at this point 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 "SECURED" email address which is

( for quick

processing and response With your Full Name, Address, Cell

And Home Number and closet International Airport.
I wait your urgent mail if you are still alive.

Mr. Jefferson Joseph Patrick
Diplomatic, UN Security Council
Private Email: (

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