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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.Dave Bryner" <>
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2017 10:33:07 -0700

****Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania
***One Terminal Drive, Middletown,
**PA 17057, Pennsylvania USA
*Storage Facilities Maintenance Department

I am Mr. Dave Bryner who work at the Storage Facilities Maintenance Department here Harrisburg international airport Pennsylvania, Due to the negligence or oversight, your Consignment was found lying down here in our private V.I.P. vault. This was found after we discovered that many vaults had been unattended for so long and had to be cleared out.

From the waybill on the Consignment which is a trunk box weight of about 25kg (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm). Effective capacity: 110 LBS approximately, destine to your name and address, it was on transit to be delivered to you but was left here. After scanning the recovered Consignments, yours was found to contain money instruments estimated to be $10.8 million.

You are required to send your details such as your name, phone number and full home address and Government certified ID to confirm that you are the actual recipient of this Consignment. Thus, you can get your Consignment after confirmation of your claim from the Ground Handling Department. Call me as soon as you receive my email is very urgent +1-717-745-7351, Leave me a text or Voice Message if i am unavailable to received your call.

NOTE: If You Receive This Message in Your Junk or Spam It's Due To Your Internet Provider,

Yours in Service,
Mr.Dave Bryner
Note: The information contained in this e-mail is private & confidential and may also be legally privileged. Please do not disclose the contents of this message to anyone.

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