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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: " (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 30 Oct 2017 12:28:47 +0100
Subject: Re: 10-30-2017 - Your Abandoned Trunk Box ....

Luggage Inspection Supervisor
Minneapolis-Saitn Paul International Airport
Terminal 2 - Humphrey
7160 Humphrey Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55430 - USA
Date: 10-30-2017
Good day to you,
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. Coleman David, the head at the Luggage/Baggage Storage facility here at Minneapolis-Saitn Paul International Airport - USA.
During a recent routine check of loss in transit and withheld luggage at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned consignment brought in by a Diplomat from London Heathrow International Airport.
When the Baggage was scanned at our arrival lounge, it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk baggage.
This Baggage was abandoned because the contents of the consignment was not declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation on arrival and most importantly the inability of the diplomat to pay the United States Non Inspection Charges which was billed then at $3,500 only.
The consignment is still held at our Storage Facility here at the airport terminal. Interestingly, the details on the air freight log includes your name, telephone number, email address and some official documents from the United Nations in Geneva are listed as contents of the trunk box.
In a bid to confirm beyond reasonable doubt that you are the actual recipient of this consignment, in my capacity as the director of Baggage Inspection Unit, I implore you to verify your Telephone Number, Residence Address and E-mail address, then I can cross check if it tallies with the address on the official documents, please include name of the closest airport to your residence.
Note that this shipment was supposed to have been returned to the Treasury Department as unclaimed shipment due to the delays in concluding the clearance processes, as a result of this, I will not be able to receive your details through my official email account, because our office email accounts are monitored but I will appreciate it if you can send the details to my private email account for a quick review, processing and response.
I assure you that I can get everything concluded within 48 hours upon your acceptance and proceed with the delivery to your address as scheduled.
For your information, the reason I took it upon myself to personally contact and notify you of the situation on the abandoned consignment is because I want to retire soon and we transact this business and share the money 80% for you and 20% for me, since the consignment was not returned to the United States Treasury Department despite being abandoned by the diplomat.
Do we have a deal?
Can I trust you to complete this?
I need your confirmation and honest response to my questions, if you assure me, then I will go ahead and settle the Non-Inspection Fee of $3,500 to clear the baggage for delivery to your doorstep, I will deliver the trunk myself but you have to assure me of my 20% share.
Looking forward to read from you urgently, if you are still alive and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. You can email me back, then I will give you my private telephone number for oral clarification, I will get back to you when I get your consent and email confirmation.
My private E-mail address is:
You can text or call me directly on: +1 954-601-3007 to discuss this. If I am not available to take your call, please leave a voice message and I will surely get back to you.
Thank you.
Coleman David
Luggage Inspection Supervisor
Minneapolis-Saitn Paul International Airport
Terminal 2 - Humphrey
7160 Humphrey Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55430 - USA

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