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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: "Mr. ALLEN" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2019 23:34:59 -0800
Subject: Your Abandon Consignment Truck Boxes==

From Mr. Allen Beneth Head Officer-in-Charge Administrative Service Inspect=
ion 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-Jac=
kson International Airport Atlanta, Georgia. During our investigation, I di=
scovered 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 B=
oxes weighing approximately 242.508IBS each. The consignment was abandoned =
because the Content was not properly declared by the consignee as money rat=
her 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 thing=
s are the reason why the consignment is delayed and abandoned. By my assess=
ment, 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 t=
wo 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 (a= with reconfirmation of your Full Name, Home Address,=
City, State and Telephone number. Sincerely, Mr. Allen Beneth Head Officer=
-in-Charge, Administrative Service Inspection Unit.

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