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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Robert Clement" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 10 Aug 2019 06:11:53 -0700
Subject: Abandon Consignment Truck Boxes

From Mr. Robert Clement
Head Officer-in-Charge
Administrative Service Inspection Unit
P.O. Box 20509 Atlanta, GA 30320

ATTENTION: I am Mr. Robert Clement Head of Inspection Unit United Nations
Inspection Agency in Harts field-Jackson International Airport Atlanta,
Georgia. During our investigation, I discovered An abandoned shipment
through a Diplomat from United Kingdom which 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 242.508IBS each. The consignment
was abandoned because the Content was not properly declared by the
consignee as money rather it was declared as personal Effect/classified
document to either avoid diversion by the Shipping
Agent or confiscation by the relevant authorities. The diplomat's
inability to pay for Non Inspection fees among other things are 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
airport storage facility till today. The Consignments like I said are two
metal trunk boxesI need all the guarantee that I can get from you before I
can get involved in this project. Please Reply this email strictly at ( with reconfirmation of your Full Name, Home
Address, City, State and Telephone number.

Mr. Robert Clement
Head Officer-in-Charge,
Administrative Service Inspection Unit.

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