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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: "REV. MARK CHRISTOPHER." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 15:17:40 +0800

Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
Tampa International Airport Florida
P.O. Box 33622 Florida, United States
ATTENTION: Notice On Your Consignment Box reg #: HG1N8875B2.
In view of your inability to receive your Consignment Box reg #: HG1N8875B2 originally scheduled to be delivered to you by the agency foreign payment service United Kingdom. This Consignment box in a metal box valued $10,316,000USD (Ten Million, Three Hundred and Sixteen thousand United States dollars) arrived at Tampa International Airport Florida via United Airlines Flight UA 4130.
I am writing to inform you that we have intercepted and investigated the said Consignment box and the investigation proved the legitimacy of its content. Note, your Consignment box was initially scheduled for delivery to you, The Diplomat who arrived with the Consignment made several attempts to reach you all efforts proved abortive so he decided to leave for his country but before he left he settled the delivery charges and left the Storage Keeping Charges unpaid due to the reasons that he did not know when will make claim on the consignment and the Cargo and Storage Unit charges $300 for each day the Consignment box stays in our custody
You are therefore advised to contact me back as we the Cargo Unit and U.S Customs are to assist you recover your Consignment box and deliver it to you.
You are to contact me back to recover your Consignment or we will be compelled to list your Consignment Box as an unclaimed and maybe forfeited and moved to the United Kingdom for holding.
God Bless United States of America.
Director. Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
Tampa International Airport
P.O. Box 33622 Florida, United States
Call this phone number: +1 (903) 884-6632

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