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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: "interpol office" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 8 Feb 2020 11:46:00 -0800


We hereby confirm that the diplomatic luggage belonging to You was registered in the name of Stephen Wallace is in our custody. The luggage was detained at Dubai international Airport, United Arab Emirate and was designated to be delivered to you in your home town. The reason the luggage was detained was because of the cash of 10,000,000 million United States dollars found inside and because there was no anti-terrorist certificate attached to it. Without the anti-certificate the luggage cannot be delivered to you. The money in the luggage will be totally confiscated if the anti-terrorist certificate is not procured. The total cost of procuring the anti-terrorist certificate is 1,300 usd.

We already liaising with Alicia Zikri of Today Express and we have agreed to grant an extension until 13th february, 2020. We have taken the money out of the luggage and it is now under our protective custody in a safe deposit. The attached pictures is the safe deposit.

Contact us today on how to make the payment, as recommended.

Yours faithfully,

Kelvin Brown
INTERPOL General Secretariat

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