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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: "JFK International Airport" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 Sep 2019 13:55:37 -0700

Hello Dear Friend,

I am Sir. Charles J.Lawrence Jr. A senior officer at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) New York. I am contacting you in reference to an 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 17.5Million US 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. Just 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. Kindly 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 agency so 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 of some beneficiaries abandoned consignment for 2018 to 2019 April 27th to be listed among the list of consignment box that will be confiscation to be transferred to the US Treasury.

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 wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and interested to receive your box. 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. Send your response to my private email.( )

Thank you.

Mr. Charles J.Lawrence Jr
Assistant Inspection Director
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Queens New York, 11430
United States.

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