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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: "paul c pollard" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2017 21:23:20 +0100
Subject: Are you still alive.


I am Diplomat Paul C. Pollard from the United Nations
Security Council, UK Association and my diplomatic mission
is based on Inter-Country shipments of classified items
between North, South and Central American with other
European and the Middle East Nations.

At this moment, I am in California Los Angeles, the United
States of America for a Diplomatic Delivery of a classified
material as requested by the Security Council Members.
However, I must confess that during my arrival at the Los
Angeles International Airport (LAX), a routine check of all
abandoned UN items was carried out with the head supervisor
baggage service unit at the airport Storage Vault due to my
role in diplomatic delivery missions and we discovered an
abandoned shipment from Europe through transit at the London
Heathrow Airport (LHR) which from the Customs X-ray Ultra
Scan results reveals that an undisclosed sum of money in two
metal trunk boxes weighing approximately 280 pounds with
Assumptions of 5.5 Million To 6 Million .

When i check all i can get is your email and Name on the trunk box at
this point I will not be able to receive your details on my
official email account. So in order words to enable me cross
check your details, I will advise you send the required
details to my "SECURED" email address
which is ( ) for quick processing and response With your Full Name,
Address, Cell And Home Number and closet International Airport.

I wait your urgent mail if you are still alive.

Mr. Paul C. Pollard
Diplomatic, UN Security Council
Private Email: ( )

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