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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear sir/madam" (a standard Nigerian greeting phrase)
- "the consignment" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "trunk box" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "consignment " (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "trunk boxes" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "a diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Larry Jack" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 14:57:23 -0500
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.