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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: "Andrew j Savage" <>
Date: Mon, 18 Dec 2017 22:14:58 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Very Urgent!!!

Very Urgent!!!

My Name is Andrew J. Savage, III, Senior Storage officer at Charleston
International Airport (CHS) SC USA. During our recent withheld package
routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, we had discovered an abandoned
shipment from one Diplomat agent, under shipping forwarder from
Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl Airport to our facility custody here in
Charleston International Airport SC and when scanned, it revealed an
undisclosed sum of money in one Metal Trunk Box.

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 diversion by the shipping agent or inability of
the diplomat to pay for United States Inspection charges.

The details of the consignment including your name/address and official
documents from United Nations were tagged on the consignment box, Please
note that this consignment supposed to return to the United States
Treasury Account as an unclaimed fund due to your delays in contacting us
for the claims.

So i will urgently advise you to write back to me for further instruction
on how to claim your fund which await delivery at Charleston International
Airport SC.

Warmest Regards,
Mr. Andrew J. Savage, III, the Senior Storage officer at Charleston
International Airport SC.

Emailed me
Andrew j Savage

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