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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. Larry Jefferson" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 4 Oct 2019 12:43:54 -0700
Subject: Dear consignment Owner

Dear Owner

I am Mr Larry Jefferson, Head Officer-in-Charge, Administrative

Service 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

110kg 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.

As I did say again, the shipper abandoned it and ran away most

importantly because he gave a false declaration, he could not pay for

clearance, he could not secure a valid non inspection document(s),

etc. I am ready to assist you in any way I can for you to get back

this packages provided you will also give me something out of it

(financial gratification). You can either come in person, or you

engage the services of a secure shipping/delivery Company/agent that

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.

Best Regards

Mr. Larry Jefferson

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