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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "the consignment" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "trunk box" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "consignment " (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "top secret" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "a diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "firstname.lastname@example.org" (this email address has been used in a known scam)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Officer Anthony Bucci <"www."@fine.ocn.ne.jp>
Reply-To: Officer Anthony Bucci <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2017 11:24:42 +0900 (JST)
Subject: ATTENTION PLEASE!!!
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 at J.F Kennedy International Airport New York- USA. During my recent routine check of loss in transit and withheld luggage at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned consignment brought in by a Diplomat from London Heathrow International Airport. When the Baggage was scanned at our arrival lounge, it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk baggage.
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
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 scheduled.
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 70% for you and 30% 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 I will go ahead and settle the United States Non Inspection Fee of $4,500 then clear the baggage for delivery to your doorstep, I will bring it myself but you have to assure me of my 30% share.
Looking forward to read from you urgently, if you are still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. You can call me on +1(518)-304-5668 for oral clarification, but note that if am not available to accept your call, kindly leave a voice message or send an SMS, I will surely get back to you.
My private E-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
J.F Kennedy International Airport New York