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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: Payment Center WBFMU <"WWW.">
Reply-To: Payment Center WBFMU <>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 20:25:49 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Hello, Dear Beneficiary!!


I am Dr. Edward Mike the Assistant Director Inspection Unit / United
Nations Inspection Agency Miami International Airport USA.

During my recent routine check at the Airport Storage / vault on
withheld packages, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat
from London and Africa, Revealed When it scanned an undisclosed sum of
money in two Metal Trunk Boxes weighing approximately 35 kg each. The
consignment was abandoned Because the Contents was not properly
Declared by the consignee as "MONEY" rather it was Declared as staff
effect to avoid interrogation And Also the Inability of the diplomat
to pay for International Consignment Money Movement charge before
bringing in consignment into the U.S. and we refused to return the
consignment back where it came from since, We have already received

On my assumption, your two consignment trunk boxes Contains the total
sum of Fourteen Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars
(US$14.5Million) and the consignment is still left in our Storage
House here at the O Hare International Airport USA. Till date. The
details of the consignment including your name, your email address and
the official document from the United Nations office in Geneva are
tagged on the Metal Trunk boxes in your favor. However, to enable me
confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment, I will
advise you to Provide your current Phone Number and Full Address to
enable me cross check if it corresponds With The address on the
official documents Including the Name of the 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 Concluding clearance processes and it is the more reason
why you have to act fast now to claim your consignment before further
action of the US Government.

The unpaid International Consignment Money Movement charge is the
Government revenue income charges which Can not be waved or ignore and
we do not Have Any legal authority to deduct any money out from your
consignment before delivery to you, so note that you are in title to
receive your consignment with its exact content, and right now the
U.S. Government is expecting you to clear up the unpaid International
Consignment Money Movement charge as you receive this mail.

So in order words, I will advise you to send the required details to
me for quick processing and response. Once we receive your information
including the payment receipt for the International Consignment Money
Movement Charges, I can get everything Concluded within 3-6 hours upon
the receipt of your respond to our email.

I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive.

Note: send your details via email to (

Dr. Edward Mike
Assistance Inspection Manager
Miami International Airport USA.
Telephone: (209) 885 7613

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