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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr. Allen Beneth" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:56:52 -0700
Subject: ===Shipment of Your Abandon Consignment Truck Boxes===

From Mr. Allen Beneth
Head Officer-in-Charge
Administrative Service Inspection Unit
P.O. Box 20509 Atlanta, GA 30320
ATTENTION: I am Mr. Allen Beneth Head of Inspection Unit United   Nations   Inspection Agency in Harts field-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 242.508IBS 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 my assessment,  each of the boxes contains  about $4M or more. They are still left in  the airport storage facility till today. The Consignments like  I said  are two metal trunk boxesI need all the guarantee that I can get from  you before I can get   involved in this project. Please Reply this  email strictly at  ( with reconfirmation of  your Full Name,  Home Address, City, State and Telephone number.
Mr. Allen Beneth
Head Officer-in-Charge,

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