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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: "Mrs.Ethel McGuire" <>
Reply-To: "Mrs.Ethel McGuire" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:57:26 +0900 (JST)
Subject: FROM MRS ETHEL MCGUIRE URGENT SMS +1(651)346-3023

This is Assistant Chief Mrs Ethel McGuire the United States Secretary of Homeland Security The reason why I contact you is because we found a special cargo Old Box which has been abandoned here at our warehouse In Los Angeles International Airport The Box Has spent a lot of time here without knowing the contents of it and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money on it From my findings the cargo originated from Benin Republic and the content was not declared as money by the consignor in order to avoid diversion by the shipping agent. So after our discovering, we decided to break the box and we realize that the box contained $8.5 Million USD dollars the equivalent of about £5million Get back to me here for more details God Bless You and Bless America

We Need Your Information Such As
Your Full Name
Your Address

Best Regards
Assistant Chief Ethel McGuire
Los Angeles International Airport
1 World Way, Los Angeles CA 90045 United States
Code LAX Elevation 38 m
Tel Phone +1 (615) 919-0544

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