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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: "Mr. David Ellis" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2019 00:44:15 -0800

s Head of Inspection Unit United Nations Inspection Agency in Harts field-J=
ackson International Airport Atlanta, Georgia. During our investigation, I =
discovered An abandoned shipment through a Diplomat from United Kingdom whi=
ch was transferred from JF Kennedy Airport To our facility here in Atlanta,=
and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in 2 Metal Trunk =
Boxes weighing approximately 110kg each. The consignment was abandoned beca=
use the Content was not properly declared by the consignee as money rather =
it was declared as personal Effect/classified document to either avoid dive=
rsion by the Shipping Agent or confiscation by the relevant authorities. Th=
e diplomat's inability to pay for Non Inspection fees among other things ar=
e the reason why the consignment is delayed and abandoned. By my assessment=
, each of the boxes contains about $4M or more.They are still left in the a=
irport storage facility till today. The Consignments like I said are two me=
tal trunk boxes weighing about 110kg each (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x=
D73 (cm) effective Capacity: 680 L) Approximately. The details of the cons=
ignment 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. As it stands now, you have=
to reconfirm your Full name, Phone Number, full address so I can cross-che=
ck and see if it corresponds with the one on the official documents. It is =
now left to you to decide if you still need the consignment or allow us rep=
atriate it back to UK (place of origin) as we were instructed. Like I did s=
ay again, the shipper abandoned it and ran away most importantly because he=
gave a false declaration, he could not pay for the yellow tag, he could no=
t secure a valid non inspection document(s), etc. I am ready to assist you =
in any way I can for you to get back this packages provided you will also g=
ive me something out of it (financial gratification). You can either come i=
n person, or you engage the services of a secure shipping/delivery Company/=
agent that will provide the necessary security 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 in this pro=
ject. Email ( Best Regards, David Ellis INSPECTION =
OFFICER +1404-662-5369

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