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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 Will Clark" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 2019 16:18:41 -0700
Subject: Your Consignment at JFK International Airport.

Assistant Inspection Director
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Queens New York, 11430

Hello Good Friend

I am Mr Will Clark, A senior officer at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) New York. I am contacting you in reference to a abandoned diplomatic consignment box and the x-ray scan report box revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk box which could be approximately 12.5Million dollars. and the box indicates your contact details. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as ?MONEY·rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection fee to the US Customs border and protection. To confirm you as the authentic beneficiary, do send me your full name, your home address, your mobile telephone number,occupation and the nearest airport close to you.

For your information, the box was abandoned by the diplomat who was on transit to your location because he was not able to pay the Non
Inspection fee to the US Customs border and protection he abandoned it with the authority without any notification of his arrival for
clearance. I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned box so that we can transact this as a deal and share
the total money 70% for you and 30% for me. My main purpose of contacting you is that the U.S. Custom's Border and Protection are on
clearance for some abandoned beneficiaries consignment for 2018 to 2019 November 27th to be listed among the list of consignment box that
will be confiscation to be transfer to the US Treasury for 2019.

Description of Consignment box to be delivered: Type:......CONSIGNMENT
TRUNK BOX Size:....../ 2:1 CM. Weight:...5.6KG. Color:.....BROWN BOX
Registration NO: #98952457 Serial #1256784315 Pin number?*****

I want both of us to transact this as a deal all i want is your trust as the arrangement for the box to be delivered to you which can be
concluded within 4-6hours after confirmation is made and upon your acceptance and willingness to co-operate.

I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via this email for further directives: You can not call me
on my telephone number for now to avoid been expose me more. Send your response to my private email.( )

Thank you.

Mr. Will Clark
my address:
Assistant Inspection Director
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Queens New York, 11430
United States

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