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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: "Michael Biller" <>
Date: Thu, 21 May 2020 05:52:26 -0400
Subject: Hello Good Friend,

Hello Good Friend,

I am Michael Biller., a senior officer at Dallas\Fort Worth
International Airport (DFW) Texas. during my search for undelivered
parcels I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from Africa and
when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk box
which could be approximately $4.6.Million dollars. The consignment was
abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly
declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was declared as personal
effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to
pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges which is $3,800USD. On my
assumption the consignment is still left in our Storage House here at the
Dallas\Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) Texas.

The details of the consignment including your name, your email address and
official documents from the United Nations office in are tagged on
the Trunk box.

However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this
consignment as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit, I will
advise you provide your current Phone Number and Full Address, to enable
me cross check if it corresponds with the address on the official
documents including the name of nearest Airport around your city. Please
note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the United
States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in
concluding the clearance processes so as a result of this, I will not be
able to receive your details on my official email account. So in order
words to enable me cross check your details, I will advise you send the
required details to my private email address for quick processing and
response. Once I confirm you as the actual recipient of the trunk box, I
can get everything concluded within 48hours upon your acceptance and
proceed to your address for delivery.

Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact
you personally about this abandoned consignment is because I want us to
transact this business and share the money 70% for you and 30% for me
since the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States
Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately
the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United States
Non Inspection Fee of $3,800 dollars and arrange for the box to be
delivered to your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more
trouble but you have to assure me of my 30% share... Description of
Consignment box to be delivered:

I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and interested to
receive your box and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal
confidential. Please get back to me via my private Email: ( for further directives: You can not call me
on my telephone number for it will expose me more.

Thank you.

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