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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: Micheal Smith <>
Reply-To: Micheal Smith <>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:17:04 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Your abandoned shipment

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
3400 E Sky Harbor Blvd, Phoenix,
AZ 85034, United States.


I am Mr. Micheal Smith, Director of Inspection, United Nations Inspection Agent in Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Arizona, USA, During our investigation, I discovered An abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from United Kingdom.

It was kept under our facility here in Arizona and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110pounds each.

The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not properly declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid diversion by the Shipping agent also the Diplomat inability to pay for Non Inspection Fees. On my assumption, i discovered that each of the Metal Trunk boxes contain $5.5M, USD each, the consignment is still left in storage house till today through a registered shipping Company, Courier Dispatch Service Limited a division of Tran guard LTD. The Consignments are two metal box with weight of about 110pounds each (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm). Effective capacity: 680 L.)Approximately.

The details of the consignment including your name, your email address in and the official documents from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the Trunk box. However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit.

All communication must be held extremely confidential. I can get everything concluded within 48 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery.

But I must get assurance from you concerning my 30% before I will proceed. i will like to invest my 30% share in real state properties.

I want us to transact this business and share the money, since the shippers have abandoned it and ran away. We will pay for the Non inspection fee and arrange for the boxes to be moved out of this Airport to your address.

Once we are through I will deploy the services of a secured shipping Company geared to provide the security it needs to your doorstep. Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble. But I will share it 70% to you and 30% to me. But you have to assure me of my 30% before proceeding, i will like to invest my 30% share in real state properties.

I look forward to your response.

Mr. Micheal Smith
Director of Inspection.

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