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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: Peter Douglas <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Nov 2018 03:08:32 -0800
Subject: Greettings To You

My name is Peter Douglas, United Nations Inspection Agent in Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport Atlanta GA. We are conducting second phase audition, all abandoned Consignment in USA Airports are being transferred to our facilities here for inspection and confiscation. During our investigation, I discovered an abandoned consignment box in your name which was transferred to our facility here in Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport and when I scanned it with Currency x-ray scanner, it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in the Box. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents was not properly declared by the consignee as money, rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid diversion by the Delivery Agent and also the Diplomat inability to pay for United Nation Non Inspection Tax.
On my assumption, the box will contain more that Six Million United States Dollars and the consignment is left in storage house till today through a Courier Dispatch Service. The Consignment is a metal box with weight of about 162LBS (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm) Effective capacity: 680 L)Approximately.
The details of the consignment includes your name, the official document from United Nations office in London all are tagged on the Consignment box.
I want to use my good office and clear the Consignment and deliver it to you. If you WILL ACCEPT MY CONDITION and want us to transact the delivery for mutual benefit, you should provide Your Name..., Phone Number... and Full Address..., to cross check if it corresponds with the address on the official document including the name of nearest Airport... around you and other details. You should send the required details to me for onward delivery.
All communication must be held extremely confidential, I can get everything concluded within 24 to 48hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery. But it must be on the condition that you will give me 20% of the amount contained in the box and i must get assurance from you concerning my 20% before i will proceed.
I want us to transact this business and share the money, since the shipper have abandoned it and ran away. I will pay for the Non inspection tax and arrange for the box to be moved out of this Airport to your address, Once i am through, i will deliver the consignment by myself to avoid any more trouble. But the sharing formula will be 80% for you and 20% for me, you have to assure me of my 20%. Do respond to me if you are interested to conclude this with me.
Peter Douglas.

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