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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. Andy Roy Joe" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2019 17:43:06 -0700
Subject: ATTENTION:Notice On Your Consignment Box reg #: HG1N8875B2

Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
PA 19153, USA
ATTENTION:Notice On Your Consignment Box reg #: HG1N8875B2.
I am Mr. Andy Roy Joe, Head Officer-in-Charge, Administrative Service Inspection  Storage and Cargo  Unit
here in  Philadelphia International Airport 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 Philadelphia International Airport, and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed
sum of money in 2 Metal Trunk Boxes weighing approximately 130kg 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  and after the trunk scanned it revealed an huge amount of dollars loaded inside the trun. 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 $8 Million US DOLLARS,  which They are still left in our  airport storage facility
till today. The Consignments like I said are two metal trunk boxes weighing about 130kg each (Internal dimension:
W61 x H156 x D73 (cm) effective capacity: 680 L) Approximately. The details of the consignment 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-check
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
repatriate it back to UK (place of origin) as we were instructed.
I am writing to inform you that we have intercepted and investigated the said Consignment box and the investigation proved the legitimacy
of its content. Note, your Consignment box was initially scheduled for delivery to you, The Diplomat who arrived with the Consignment made
several attempts to reach you all efforts proved abortive so he decided to leave for his country but before he left he settled the
delivery charges and left the Storage Keeping Charges unpaid due to the reasons that he did not know when you will make claim on the
consignment and the Cargo and Storage Unit charges $25.00 for each day the Consignment box stays in our custody here in Philadelphia International Airport.
You are therefore advised to contact me back  as we the Cargo Unit and U.S Customs are  to assist you recover your Consignment box and
deliver it to you. You are to  contact me back to recover your Consignment or we will be compelled to list your Consignment Box as an unclaimed and maybe
forfeited and moved to the United Kingdom for holding.
I am ready assist you in any way I can for you to get back this Consignment provided you will also give me something out of it (financial gratification).
Also i 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 project as i I will use my good office as the senior customs Boss move the Consignment box from AIRPORT to your door step
successfully without involving any problem hence I have full details to back up our claims of the abandoned Box.
God Bless United States of America.
Head Officer-in-Charge, Administrative Service
Inspection and Storage and Cargo  Unit
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL)
PA 19153, USA

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