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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. Charles J. Colocino Jr." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 2 Feb 2020 03:09:40 -0800
Subject: Hello Good Friend

Assistant Inspection Director
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Queens New York, 11430

Hello Good Friend

I am Charles J. Colocino Jr., A senior officer at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) New York. I am contacting you in reference to a abandoned diplomatic consignment box and the x-ray scan report revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk box which could be approximately 12.5Million dollars. and the box indicates your contact email address. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was declared as a personal effect to avoid interrogation. The Diplomat fail to pay for the United States Non Inspection fee to the US Customs border and protection he abandoned the consignment and left without notifying the authority. To confirm you as the authentic beneficiary, do 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 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. The U.S. Custom's Border and Protection are on clearance for some abandoned beneficiaries consignment for 2019 which will be listed among the list of consignment box that will be confiscate 2020 February 25th to be officially transfer to the US Treasury.

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- after confirmation is made and upon your acceptance and willingness to co-operate.

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 me more. Send your response to my private email.( )

Thank you.

Mr. Charles J. Colocino Jr.
my address:

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