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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: ANTHONY <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:00:08 +0700

Dear Friend,

Re: Your Abandoned Metal Trunk Box For Delivery:

I have very vital information to give to you, but first I

must have your trust before I
reveal it to you, as this may cost me my job, so I want to

believe that I can trust
you enough to review this top secret with you.

I am Mr.Anthony Bucci, the head at the Luggage/Baggage

Storage facility here in West Africa, Nigeria at
Muri International airport. During my recent routine check

loss in transit and withheld luggage at the Airport Storage

Vault, I discovered an
abandoned consignment brought in by a Diplomat from London

International Airport. When the Baggage was scanned at our

arrival lounge, it
revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk


This Baggage was abandoned because the contents of the

consignment was not
declared by the consignee as "MONEY" rather it was declared

as personal effect to
avoid interrogation on arrival and most importantly the

inability of the diplomat to
pay the United States Non Inspection Charges which was

billed at $4,500 only.

The consignment is still held at our Storage Facility here

at the airport terminal.
Interestingly, the details on the air freight log includes

your name, telephone
number, email address and some official documents from the

United Nations in
Geneva are listed as contents of the trunk box.

In a bid to confirm beyond reasonable doubt that you are

the actual recipient of this
consignment, in my capacity as the director of Baggage

Inspection Unit,

Reconfirm your details

1. Full Name
2. Residential Address
3. Age
4. Occupation
5. Direct Telephone Numbers
6. Nearest Airport

then I can cross check if it tallies with the address on

the official documents. include
the name of nearest airport closest to your residence.

So note that this shipment was supposed to have been

returned to the United
States Treasury Department as unclaimed shipment due to the

delays in concluding
the clearance processes, so as a result of this, I will not

be able to receive your
details through my official email account, because our

office email accounts are
monitored but I will feel safer if you can send the details

to my private email
account for a quick review, processing and response.

As soon as I confirm that you as the intended recipient of

the trunk box in question,
I assure you that I can get everything concluded within 48

hours upon your
acceptance and proceed with the delivery to your address as


For your information, the reason I took it upon myself to

personally contact and
notify you of the situation on your abandoned consignment

is because I want to
retire soon and we transact this business and share the

money 60% for you and
40% for me, since the consignment was not returned to the

United States Treasury
Department despite being abandoned by the diplomat.

Do we have a deal?
Can I trust you to complete this?

I need your confirmation and honest response to my

questions, if you assure me,
then we will go ahead and settle the United States Non

Inspection Fee of $4,500 by spliting
the payment within ourselves, i will come up with $3,250

while you also come up with the other balance $1,250 then
clear the baggage for delivery to your doorstep, I will

bring it myself but you have to
assure me of my 40% share.

Looking forward to read from you urgently, if you are still

alive and I will appreciate
if we can keep this deal confidential. I will surely get

back to you.

My private E-mail address is:

Thank you.

Mr.Anthony Bucci
Inspection Director
J.F Kennedy International Airport New York.

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