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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: "Mr Kalstrom S. James" <"WWW.">
Reply-To: "Mr Kalstrom S. James" <>
Date: Sun, 19 Mar 2017 23:06:57 +0900 (JST)
Subject: YOUR TRUNK BOX......

I am Mr kalstrom s. James. i work at the Luggage and Baggage storage facilities at the Los Angeles international Airport,(Lax) CA 90010 and I'm Head. We discovered an abandoned shipment from diplomat from London and it revealed after going through scan an undisclosed amount of money in a trunk box.

The consignment is still left in our storage house here at Los Angeles international airport because the contents of consignment was not properly declared, However,to enable me confirm you're the actual recipient of this package,we will like you to provide your current


Got it?
Furthermore,i want you to be informed that i am contacting you about this abandoned shipment because i know you need it and i want us to transact this business and share the money 80percent for you and 20percent for me;since the consignment has not been returned to the united state treasury department.

I wait to hear from you as soon as possible,that is if your still alive and, if you can keep this confidential i will appreciate or text me on +1310-740-9557

Thank you
Mr Kalstrom S.James

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