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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: "Kenneth Edward" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 21:01:28 -0800
Subject: provide your ( ICTB )

Hello .

Your refusal to provide your International Certificate of True Beneficiary (ICTB) clearly shown that your claim of the long withheld $12.5 Million is fake. Therefore, the cash sum of $12.5 Million which is contained in the SEALED Security Diplomatic Trunk Box presently at Customs Security Vault at San Diego International Airport Terminal 2 in California may not be delivered to you anymore, UNLESS you prove us wrong.

Note' that i have prepare every thing in regard of coming to your house with the consignment.

Urgently waiting.

Yours Faithfully,
Kenneth Edward
Assistant Inspection Director
San Diego International Airport
California 3225 N Harbor Dr,San Diego
CA92101,United States

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