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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: "INSPECTION" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 9 Dec 2019 17:35:30 -0800

I am James Edwards, 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
effect / classified document to avoid diversion by the shipping
Agent or confiscation by the relevant authorities. The diplomat's
inability to pay for Non-Inspection
The reason is that the consignment is delayed and abandoned.
The diplomat's inability to pay for Non-Inspection fees among other things
are the reasons why the consignment is delayed and abandoned. By my
assessment, each of the boxes contains about $ 4M or more. They are still
left in the airport storage facility till today. The Consignments like I
said two metal trunk boxes, including details of the consignment
your name and email on the official document from United Nations' office
in NEW YORK CITY 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 matches with the one on the official
It is now left to you to decide if you are the beneficiary and still need
the consignment or allow us repatriate it back to place of
origin as we were instructed. Like 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
you will get to work with me
trust. 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's required to deliver the package to your doorstep or the
destination of your choice. I need the entire guarantee
from you before I can get involved in this project.
Inspector James Edwards
Inspection Officer

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