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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:

Date: Fri, 3 Apr 2020 08:35:26 -0700

Attention !

I am James Edwards, Head of 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 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.

By assessment, each of the boxes contains about $4 and it's still left in
the airport storage facility till today. The Consignments like I said are
two metal trunk boxes weighing about 110kg 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 document 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

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.

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 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,

James Edwards

Head Officer-in-Charge
Administrative Service Inspection Unit.
(404) 793 5043

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