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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: " Del Rio International Airport Texas." <>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2019 22:13:28 -0800
Subject: Notice On Your Consignment Box Reg: JG1N8875BS%

Del Rio International Airport(DRT)
1104 W 10th St, Del Rio, TX 78840, United States

ATTENTION: Notice On Your Consignment Box Reg: JG1N8875BS.

Today we discovered an abandoned metal box with reg;JG1N8875BS originally scheduled to be delivered to you by the agency (International Payment Service) New York. The metal box, when scanned by a forensic scanner it was revealed to contain 100 dollar bills valued $10.5 Million USD(Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States dollars) which has been under Security surveillance for some days now.

I am writing to inform you that we have investigated the said Metal box and the investigation proved the legitimacy of its content. Note, The Funds which belongs to you was initially scheduled for delivery to you.

Information at our disposal states that the Diplomat who arrived with the Consignment made several attempts to reach you via the available means as the mails sent could not be delivered,all efforts proved abortive so he decided to leave the case behind.

You are therefore advised to make contact with Mr.Kelvin Morris (Dispatch Officer) of Broadefest Courier Service,which is the courier company in charge of the storage unit your box is in order to assist you recover your Consignment box and deliver it to your home. You may contact him through his email [] to recover your Consignment or we will be compelled to list your Fund as an unclaimed consignment and maybe forfeited and moved to the United States Treasury Department for holding.

If this mail is found in spam folder, it could be due to your Internet Service Provider, ISP. So move to your inbox before your reply.

God Bless
(Mrs) Susan C. Bells
Del Rio International Airport Texas.

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