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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: "Charles Derin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 13 Oct 2017 06:45:21 -0700
Subject: Abandoned Consignment at our storage facility


I am Charles Derin Head of Inspection Unit in Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta GA.

I discovered an abandoned shipment which was transferred to our facility here in Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and when scanned 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 Diplomats inability to pay for Non-Inspection Fees.

On my assumption, the boxes will contain more than $12million and the consignment is still left in storage facility till today. The Consignment is a metal box with weight of about 242LBS (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm). Effective capacity: 680 L.)Approximately.

I want to use my good office to clear the Consignment and deliver it to you. If you will accept my condition and want us to transact this delivery for our mutual benefit. All communication must be held extremely confidential. I can get everything concluded within 24 to 48 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your home. But it must be on the condition that you I want us to transact this business and share the money, since the shipper has abandoned it and ran away. I will pay for the Non-inspection fees and arrange for the boxes to be moved out of this Airport to your address, once am done, i will deploy the services of a secured shipping company to provide the security it needs to your doorstep. Or i can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble. But I will share it 60% to you and 40% to me. But you have to assure me of my 40%. Do respond to me if you are interested to conclude this with me.

Looking forward to hear from you

Best Regards,

Charles Derin


Phone +1 (678) 631-6743

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