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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- 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:
- "please endeavor to " (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "huge amount of money" (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)
- "courier company" (Courier companies mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. They will have you send money to them, but won't deliver anything. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: "Ronald Macleod" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 15 Mar 2019 21:28:57 -0700
Subject: kindly treat with utmost confidentiality,
Cargo Inspector and Transportation officer,
Miami International Airport 2100 NW 42nd Ave, Miami,
FL 33126, United States
Greetings my friend,
I have substantial information to give you, but before I give you any detail about this classified information, i must seek your utmost discretion about this vital information that's going to change our lives forever. Any mistake might cost me my job therefore I need to know if I can trust you enough in order for me to reveal this secret to you.
My name is Ronald MacLeod; I am the Operations, Maintenance and Transportation officer here at the Miami International Airport FL, USA. Last week Teusday, as i was making my usual routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a courier company from Dubai. When scanned, it revealed huge amount of money in silver Metal Trunk Box,The shipment was abandoned because the Contents of the shipment was not properly declared by the consignee as "MONEY" rather it was declared as personal items (I.E SHOES, BAGS AND BOOKS) in order to avoid interrogation by the U.S Customs and Border protection authorities also further investigation revealed that the courier company could not afford to pay for the U.S International Consignment delivery permit (ICDP) which is $15,650USD.
On my assumption the package is still left in our Storage Facility here at the Miami International Airport Florida till date and no one has come forward to claim the metallic trunk box up till date. According to the documents Tagged on the metal box it's estimated value is a little over $6 million US Dollar.
During the Airport's Private search for the owner of the package your name and email contact was among the findings that match the same surname of the actual beneficiary who has long forgotten the existence of the Package. To maintain the level of high security standard required by the airport authorities I have intentionally left out the final details of the content of my discovery.
Although Airport Storage Vault/legislation demands that I notify the fiscal authorities after a statutory period when luggage/baggage storage facilities of this type are called in by the Airport regulatory bodies if nobody applies to claim the package. I urge you to come forward since I can provide you with the details needed for you to claim the metallic trunk Box so that I can be gratified by you in the ratio of 80% for you and 20% for me since the metallic trunk box has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned by the courier company for some weeks now, immediately you indicate your willingness to partner with me on this profitable deal and the confirmation is made, I will go ahead by applying for a loan with a loan company and i shall pay for the United States International Consignment Delivery Permit (I.C.D.P) Fee of $15,650 dollars and arrange for the box to be delivered right to your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more difficulties.
Please endeavor to observe utmost discretion in all matters concerning this issue. To affirm your willingness and cooperation, please do so by replying me at my private email (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further directives. Also drop your private/cell phone number for easy communication.