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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Interim Assistance General Manager" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 15:44:46 +0100

Interim Assistance General Manager.
Operations, Maintenance, Transportation
Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania
One Terminal Drive, Middletown,
PA 17057, Pennsylvania USA
Hello Good Friend
Your Abandoned Package For Delivery
I have very vital information to give to you, but first I must have
Your trust before I review it to you because it may cause me my job,
So I need somebody that I can trust for me to be able to review the
Secret to you.
I am Mr. Lee Byrne, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities
(Operations, Maintenance, Transportation) here at the Harrisburg
International Airport, Pennsylvania USA. During my recent withheld
Package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an
Abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from London and when
scanned it Revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk
Box weighing Approximately 110kg. The consignment was abandoned
because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared
by the consignee As "MONEY" rather it was declared as personal
effect to avoid Interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to
pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges which is
$3,700USD. On my Assumption the consignment is still left in our
Storage House here at the Harrisburg International Airport
Pennsylvania till date. The Details of the consignment including
your name, your email address and the official documents from the
United Nations office in Geneva are Tagged on the Trunk box.
However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this
Consignment as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit, I will
Advice you provide your current Phone Number and Full Address, to
Enable me cross check if it corresponds with the address on the
Official documents including the name of nearest Airport around
your city. Please note that this consignment is supposed to have
been Returned to the United States Treasury Department as
unclaimed Delivery due to the delays in concluding the clearance
processes so as A result of this, I will not be able to receive your
details on my Official email account. So in order words to enable me
cross check Your details, I will advise you send the required details to
my Private email address for quick processing and response. Once I
Confirm you as the actual recipient of the trunk box, I can get
Everything concluded within 48hours upon your acceptance and
proceeds To your address for delivery.
Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to
Contact you personally about this abandoned consignment is
because I Want us to transact this business and share the money 70%
for you and 30% for me since the consignment has not yet been
returned to the United States Treasury Department after being
abandoned by the Diplomat so immediately the confirmation is
made, I will go ahead and Pay for the United States Non Inspection
Fee of $3,700 dollars and Arrange for the box to be delivered to your
doorstep or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but
you have to assure me of my 30% share.
I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will
Appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to
Me via my private email address here:( ) immediately for further procedures.
Thank you.
Mr Lee Byrne.

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