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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: Mrs.Kirstjen M.Nielsen < >
Date: 12 Sep 2018 16:47:01 +0100
Subject: U.S Department of Homeland Security


I hope this mail finds you in good spirit and in good health?
because i am quite aware of the losses in the past years now, it
may supriSe you that i am also aware of your consignment boxes
pursuit in Benin, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Spain, France, Malaysia,
Indonesia, China and Korea .My name is MRS. Kirstjen M. Nielsen,
attorney and national security expert serving as the sixth and
current United States Secretary of Homeland Security,I am
currently in charge to monitored all foreign transcation in
Africa Europe and Asia

I have been in the U.S department of homeland security now
since the government of president Donald Trump, monitoring the
various transactions going on in Africa Europe and Asia, most
especially consignment cases and banks transfers. I do not intend
to spoil your day or put you under duress

But you cannot recieve any of your consignment boxes pursuit,
without a clearance from the U.S department of homeland security.
however, upon my arrival in Lagos, Nigeria after series of
meeting with our president Donald Trump and the United Nations
security general Ban Ki-Moon, dur to numerous complains from the
security agencies from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, Antartica,
South America an the United State of America respectively,
aganist the Nigerian government over the rate of scam/fradulent
activities going on in the country and Africa.

When i arrived in Lagos, Nigera parliament, i found your
consignment box clearance file lying on the foriegn affair office
desk without any attention on a through securuty i discovered
that your consignment have been abandoned by your delivery agent,
meanwhile, i was made to understand that they have tried to reach
you, but no way and they have made several attempts to contact
your delivey agent but to no avail.

To my greatest surprise, during my recent routine re-checking,
i personally discovered that your consignment content declaration
document stated that your consignment contains personal effect
meanwhile, it contains United States Dollars worth US$16 million
dollars, which made it impossible for the consignment to be
delivered to you earlier before now.

Based on this personal discovery, i am contacting you now to
let you know that with my position and power as the Secretary of
the U.S department of homeland security, I can assit you to
legally clear your consignment fund, but you must agree with the
following conditions. because i have called our office in
Washington,DC from Nigeria, who has been intercepting all
telephone calls, with the help of MTN, and AIRTEL Network of

I also recieved some information from our homeland office in
NIgeria, about your emails that you have been dealing and sending
money to people in Benin, South Africa, Togo and Nigeria, who
claims to be the western union director. you are also dealing
with a bank, and other names which i am still waiting to be
forwarded to me from our office in Washington DC. who have
monitored all your dealings with this hoodlum.

You are adviced to hence fort stop futher dealings with all
the above mentioned people, until we complete our investigation.
because your dealing with them is termed as illegal transaction

I wish to inform you that the homeland security is on look out
for all the above mentioned names, mostly those who claim to be
the director of West Africa debt union and money gram and
property recovery Benin. All this mentioned peple are imposters,
and we intend to apprehend them soon.

I want you to pleae stop communictating, and dealing with
them until we complete our investigation. i wish to notify you
about the latest development concerning your box of consignment
that was handed over to me after the meeting held between some of
the top parliamets members of Nigeria and the foriegn affairs
minister in the Nigerian Capital headquaters, due to the delay
for you not have recieved your consignment box for long time now

I have a very limited time to stay here so i would like you to
urgently respond to this message as soon as possible

Sincerely Yours
Mrs.Kirstjen Michele Nielsen
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