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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: "Larry Jack" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:57:23 -0500

Dear Sir/Madam,
My name is Mr. Larry Jack, I am the Head of Investigation/Inspection Unit of the United Nations Inspection Agency in Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport Atlanta,

Georgia. During our
investigation, we discovered An abandoned shipment by a Diplomat from the United Kingdom (UK) at JF Kennedy International Airport in New York and has since been

transfered to our facility here in Atlanta for onward repatriation to England, the place of origin. When the boxes were scanned, it revealed an undisclosed amount of

money stashed in 2 Metal Trunk Boxes weighing approximately 110kg each.

The boxes were abandoned because the Contents were falsely declared by the consignee as classified documents and personal effects when the real content is money.This

was done either to avoid diversion by the Shipping Agent/agency or confiscation by the relevant authorities. The diplomats' inability to pay for Non Inspection fees

among other things are the reasons why the consignment is delayed and abandoned.By my assessment, I think each of the boxes contains about $4M or thereabout.They are

still left in the airport storage facility terminal till date. The Consignments like I said are two metal trunk boxes weighing about 65kg each (Internal dimension:

W61 x H156 x D73 (cm) effective capacity: 680 L) Approximately. The details of the consignment including your name and email on the official document from United

Nations' office in London where the shipment was tagged as personal
effects/classified document is still available with us. Therefore, you have to reconfirm your details to us. we decided to contact you with this your email id that is

on the official document. Reconfirm your full data. It is now left to you to decide if you still need the consignment or allow us repatriate it back to UK (place of

origin) as we were instructed.Like I did said earlier, the shipper abandoned it and ran away most importantly, because he gave a false declaration, he could not pay

for the customs yellow tag, he could not secure a valid non inspection document(s), etc. I am ready to assist you in any way I can to enable you rclaim this packages

as long as you will give me out of it (financial gratification). You can either come in person, or you engage the services of a secure shipping/delivery Company/agent

that will provide the necessary security/logistics that is required to deliver the package to your doorstep or the destination of your choice. I need all the guarantee

that I can get from you before I can get involved fully in this project.
Best Regards,

Larry Jack

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