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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "the consignment" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "trunk box" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "consignment " (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "trunk boxes" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "a diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr. Thomas Bridge" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2019 04:17:11 -0700
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary / Re: Your Package For Delivery.
Re: Your Package For Delivery
I am Mr. Thomas Bridge, Head Officer-in-Charge, Administrative Service
Inspection Unit United Nations Inspection Agency in Hartsfield-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 130kg. 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 of $3,700 among other things are the reason why the consignment is delayed and
By my assessment, each of the boxes contains $4M which is total of
$8Million USD. They are still left in the airport storage facility till
today. The Consignments like I said are two metal trunk boxes weighing
about 65kg 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 documents 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.
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 the yellow tag, 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).
Upon receiving your reconfirm details as required, i will 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 and go ahead to pay for the United States
Non Inspection Fee of $3,700.
I wait to hear from you urgently, and I will appreciate if we can keep this
Mr. Thomas Bridge.
Administrative Service Inspection Unit.