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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: "Kenneth Edward" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2018 15:17:11 -0700
Subject: I have very vital information to give a

Assistant Inspection Director
San Diego International Airport
3225N Harbor Dr, San Diego
CA92101, United States California


(707) 238-2165

Re: Your Package For Delivery


I have very vital information to give
to you, but first I must have your trust before I can
reveal it to you because it may cause me my job.So I
need someone I can trust for me to reveal such

I am Mr.Kenneth Edward, head of luggage
/ baggage storage facilities here at the San Diego
International Airport, California USA. During
my recent withheld package
routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, I
discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from
London and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum
of money in a metal trunk box. 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
$ 3,700USD. On my assumption the consignment is still left
in our Storage House here at the San Diego
International Airport till date. The details of the
consignment including your email
address and the official documents from the United
Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the Trunk

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 80% for you and 20% 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 $3,700 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 20% share.

I wait to hear from you urgently, and I
will appreciate if we can keep this deal

Reply via my official Email:

Thank you.

Kenneth Edward
Assistant Inspection Director
San Diego International Airport
California 3225 N Harbor Dr, San Diego
CA92101, United States

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