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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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Fraud email example:

From: "PETER DOUGLAS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 05:06:25 -0300

For Your Prompt Attention:
I am Peter Douglas, United Nations Inspection Agent in Hartsfield Jackson
Atlanta International Airport Atlanta GA. We are conducting second phase
audition, all abandoned Consignment in USA Airports are being transferred to
our facilities here for inspection and confiscation. During our investigation,
I discovered an abandoned luggage on your name which was transferred to our
facility here in Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and when
scanned it, it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box. 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 Diplomatic Agent also the Diplomat inability to pay for Non
Inspection Fees.
On my assumption, the box will contain more that $6M and the consignment is
left in storage house till today through a Courier Dispatch Service. The
Consignment is a metal box with weight of about 162LBS (Internal dimension:
W61x H156 x D73 (cm) Effective capacity: 680 L)Approximately.
The details of the consignment includes your name, the official document from
United Nations office in London all are tagged on the Metal Trunk box.
I want to use my good office and clear the Consignment and deliver it to you.
If you WILL ACCEPT MY CONDITION and want us to transact the delivery for mutual
benefit, you should provide Your Name, Phone Number and Full Address, to cross
check if it corresponds with the address on the official document including the
name of nearest Airport around you and other details. You should send the
required details to me for onward delivery.
All communication must be held extremely confidential, I can get everything
concluded within 24 to 48hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address
for delivery. But it must be on the condition that you will give me 30% of the
amount contained in the box and i must get assurance from you concerning my 30%
before i will proceed.
I want us to transact this business and share the money, since the shipper have
abandoned it and ran away. I will pay for the Non inspection fee and arrange
for the box to be moved out of this Airport to your address, Once i am through,
i will deliver the consignment by myself to avoid any more trouble. But the
sharing formula will be 70% for you and 30% for me, you have to assure me of my
30%. Do respond to me if you are interested to conclude this with me.
Peter Douglas

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