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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: "CBP Headquarters" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 10:47:00 -0400
Subject: Abandonment

CBP Headquarters
1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20229.


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. Michael Rivers, the head at the Luggage/Baggage Storage facility here at CBP Headquarters.As the United States' first unified border entity, CBP takes a comprehensive approach to border management and control, combining customs, immigration, border security, and agricultural protection into one coordinated and supportive activity.

We are responsible for enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws and regulations. On a typical day, CBP welcomes nearly one million visitors, screens more than 67,000 cargo containers, arrests more than 1,100 individuals, and seizes nearly 6 tons of illicit drugs. Annually, CBP facilitates an average of more than $3 trillion in legitimate trade while enforcing U.S. trade laws.

In the course of our duty, we intercepted an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from London and when scanned, and the x-ray scan report box revealed some US dollar bills in it which could be approximately three million dollars. The baggage was abandoned by a diplomat from London who was on transit to your city due to his inability to produce all the necessary clearance papers and also his non-payment of the diplomatic baggage non-inspection fee of two thousand and nine hundred dollars which made us to put your Package On hold until we receive the H, C, Document from the departure country customs as Requires by the Border Protection authorities.All the official papers of the baggage indicates your name, your address and your email address.

For me to confirm you as the recipient, you are to email me your full names,your full address, your telephone number and the nearest airport close to you to cross-check if it corresponds with the details on the official document. All communication must be held extremely confidential because I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned baggage so that we can transact it as a deal since it has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery.Once I confirm you as the recipient,I will pay for the non-inspection fee of two thousand and nine hundred dollars and arrange for the baggage to be delivered to your door-step or I can bring it myself to ensure a successful delivery but you have to assure me of 20% of the total money in the baggage.I can get everything concluded within 48 hrs upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery.You can write me for more details with this my personal email address: cbpinwar


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