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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: JANNY KING <"janny.">
Reply-To: JANNY KING <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 11:42:30 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Interim Head of Inspection Luggage/Baggage

Interim Head of Inspection Luggage/Baggage
Honolulu International Airport
300 Rodgers Boulevard,
Honolulu, HI 96819, USA
CELL: +1(808) 800-9550


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 cost me my job,so I need somebody
that I can trust for me to be able to review the secret to you.
I am Mr.Janny King, Interim Head of Inspection Luggage/Baggage here at
Honolulu International Airport USA, During my recent withheld package routine
check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a
Diplomat from Africa and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money
in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg.
The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not
properly declared by the consignee as $B!H(BMONEY$B!I(B 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 $3,700
USD. On my assumption the consignment is stillleft in our Storage Vault here at
the Honolulu International airport till date,the details of the consignment was
only your phone number 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 Interim Head of Luggage/Baggage Unit, I will advise you
provide your current Phone Number and Full Address, to enable me cross check if
it corresponds with the address on the official documents tagged.
Note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the United
States Treasury Department OR to its country of origin as unclaimed delivery,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 70% for you and 30% for me since the
consignment have not yet been return 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 to your doorstep Or I can bring
it by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my 30%
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.

Mr.Janny King
phone no:+1(808) 800-9550

Inspection Officer.

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