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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 00:03:59 -0700

Anti-Terrorist and Monetary Crimes Division
2635 Century Pkwy NE #400, Atlanta, GA 30345, USA


I am Mr Phillip Dickson, special Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agent, Head Officer department of investigation Unit United Nations Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Georgia. During our investigation, I discovered an abandoned shipment through a Diplomat from Nigeria which was transferred from Murtala Muhammad International Airport Lagos Nigeria to our facility here in Atlanta Georgia, and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg. The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not properly declared by the consignee as money rather it was declared as personal Effect/classified document to either avoid diversion by the Shipping Agent or confiscation by the relevant authorities.

The diplomat's inability to pay for Non Inspection fees among other things are the reason why the consignment is delayed and abandoned. By my assessment, the box contains about $8,500,000.00 (Four Million United State Dollars). It is still left in the airport inspection storage facility till today. The Consignments like I said one metal trunk box weighing about 110kg (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm) effective Capacity: 680 L) Approximately. The details of the consignment including your name and email on the official document from "Federal Ministry of Finance" office in Nigeria where the shipment was tagged as personal effects/classified document is still available with us. As it stands now, you have to reconfirm your information so I can cross-check and see if it corresponds with the one on the official documents of the consignment.

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NOTE: There are numerous scam emails on the internet, imposters impersonating names and images. We therefore warn our dear citizens to be very careful with any claim email you receive prior to these irregularities so that they do not fall victim to this ugly circumstance anymore. And should in case you are already dealing with anybody or office claiming that you have a payment with them, you are to STOP further contact with them immediately in your best interest and work according to the due procedure and instrcution to have your fund/consignment delivered to you. Like I did say again, the shipper abandoned it and ran away most importantly because he gave a false declaration, he could not secure a valid Clearance certificate(s), etc. I am ready to assist you in any way I can for you to get back this packages provided you work with me with trust and due legal procedure to engage a secure shipping/delivery Company/agent that will provide the necessary delivery security that is required to deliver the package to you. Await to receive your email responds regarding this email notification of this abandoned consignment as explained above. Thanks for your understanding.

Mr Phillip Dickson,
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Head Officer Department of Investigation,

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