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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. Paul C. Pollard" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 10:45:19 -0800
Subject: Re: Hello

I am Diplomat Paul C. Pollard from the United Nations Security Council, UK Association and my diplomatic mission is based on Inter-Country shipments of classified items between North, South and Central American with other European and the Middle East Nations.
At this moment, I am in California Los Angeles,United States of America for a Diplomatic Delivery of a classified material as requested by the Security Council Members. However, I must confess that during my arrival at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX),a routine check of all abandoned UN items was carried out with the head supervisor baggage service unit at the airport Storage Vault due to my role in diplomatic delivery missions and we discovered an abandoned shipment from Europe through transit at the London Heathrow Airport (LHR) which from the Customs X-ray Ultra Scan results reveals that an undisclosed sum of money in A metal trunk box weighing approximately 280 pounds with Assumptions of 5.5 Million To 6 Million .
When i check all i can get is your email on the trunk box at this point 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 "SECURED" email address which is ( ) for quick processing and response With your Full Name, Address, Cell And Home Number and closet International Airport.
I wait your urgent mail. if you are still alive.
Mr. Paul C. Pollard
Diplomatic, UN Security Council
Private Email: (
Phone: +1 818 696 0080
The information contained in this message is confidential and solely intended for the individual or entity to whom it is addressed, or authorised to receive it. If you are not the intended recipient, please do not read, you are hereby notified that any disclosure of this communication, copying, distribution or taking action in reliance of the contents of this information is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. If you received this mail in error, kindly inform the sender and delete the mail. Thank you for your kind gesture.

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