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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:
- "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)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Laura Stevens" (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2018 01:39:34 -0800
Subject: Consignment Delivery from Atlanta USA
I am Laura Stevens head of Inspection Inspection Agent in HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta GA.
We are rounding up for the last Quarter of auditing, all abandon Consignment in US Airports are being transfer to our facilities here for inspection and confiscation. During our investigation, I discovered an abandoned shipment which was transferred to our facility here in HartsfieldJackson Atlanta International Airport and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Box. The consignment was abandoned because the content was not properly declared by the consignee as money, rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid diversion by the delivery Agent also the agents inability to pay for Non-Inspection Fees.
On my assumption, the boxes will contain more than $25M-$30Million USD and the consignment is still left in storage facility till today. The Consignment is a metal box with weight of about 242LBS (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm). Effective capacity: 680 L.)Approximately. The details of the consignment including the official document from United Nation office in London are tagged on the Metal Trunk box.
I want to use my good office to clear the consignment and deliver it to you. If you will accept my condition and want us to transact this delivery for our mutual benefit, you should provide your name, Phone Number and full address.
All communication must be held extremely confidential. I can get everything concluded within 24 to 48 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your home. But it must be on the condition that you
Will give me 40% of the amount contained in the boxes and i must get assurance from you concerning my 40% before we proceed.
I want us to transact this business and share the money, since the shipper has abandoned it and ran away. I will secure the Non-inspection fees while you will secure the terminal and customs clearance charges, I arrange for the boxes to be moved out of this Airport to your address, once am done and will employ the services of a secured shipping company to provide the security it needs to your doorstep. Or i can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble. But I will share it 60% to you and 40% to me. But you have to assure me of my 40%. Do respond to me if you are interested to conclude this with me.
Looking forward to hear from you