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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: "Todd M.Bowman" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2018 13:55:57 -0800
Subject: Thank God, I Have Found You

Interim Assistance General Manager,
(Operations, Maintenance, Transportation)
Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania
One Terminal Drive, Middle town,
PA 17057, Pennsylvania USA

Hello Good Friend

Your Abandoned Package For Delivery

I have very vital information to give to you, but first I must have your trust before I review it to you because

it may cause me my job,so I need somebody that I can trust for me to be able to review the secret to you.

I am Mr.Todd M.Bowman, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities (Operations, Maintenance, Transportation) here

at the Harrisburg International Airport, Pennsylvania 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 weighing approximately 110kg. 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 Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania till date. The details of the consignment

including your name, your email address and the official documents from the United Nations office in Geneva are

tagged on the Trunk bo

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 48

hours 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 $3,700 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 30% share.

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

confidential. Please get back to me via my private Email:( for further directives.


Todd M.Bowman

Interim Assistance General Manager,
Harrisburg International Airport Pennsylvania
One Terminal Drive, Middle town.

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