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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: Edward Gein Jr <"www.">
Reply-To: Edward Gein Jr <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 22:55:41 +0900 (JST)

Tampa International Airport Department
Professional Standards Unit/Crime Prevention
P.O. Box 22287 Tampa, Florida 33622


We write to inform you that after the directors meeting yesterday, we have
resolved to release your fund with the service of the state bullion van
direct to your doorstep as the government will not stop nor verify the
bullion van on its way to make the delivery to your destination. Therefore,
you are reconfirm your address & phone number with us to ensure
safe delivery.

Despite our initial "hold" on the fund delivery which is above the
stipulated volume of cash allowed to convene per individual
($1,750,000.00), we deem it proper to release your fund unconditional and
also give you every back up on the money since we have scanned and
ascertain that the bills are genuine and not fake notes; The shipment
documents and clearance papers we retrieved from your delivery agents have
been confirmed authentic.

Therefore, we advise you to get back to us for delivery schedule.

We look forward to your timely response.

Edward Gein Jr.
TIAPD, Tampa, FL 33622
Telephone: (813) 445 7431

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