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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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Fraud email example:

From: Lary Mconnor <>
Reply-To: Lary Mconnor <>
Date: Tue, 16 Apr 2019 11:12:42 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: US$8M. SHIPMENT

Officer Larry Mconnor
Head Officer-in-Charge
Administrative Service Inspection Unit,
Hot Springs Airport MONTANA.

Dear Owner ,

I am Larry Mconnor, Head Officer-in-Charge, Administrative Service Inspection Agency Hot Springs Airport located in Sanders County, Montana, United States. During our investigation, I discovered an abandoned shipment through a Diplomat from London, which was transferred from London Heath-row international Airport to JFK Airport in New York then to our facility here in Hot Springs Airport Montana,and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in 2 Metal Trunk Boxes weighing approximately 110kg. The consignment was abandoned because the Content was not properly declared by the consignee rather 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 present British Custom Clearance Certification Document to back up the consignment are the reason why the consignment is delayed and abandoned and the Custom Clearance Certification can only be obtained from the British Customs Authority there in London where the shipment/boxes originated from .By my own assessment,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 two metal trunk boxes weighing about 65kg each (Internal dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm) effective capacity: 680 L) Approximately.

The details on the consignment are your full names,Address in and Phone number and the official document from London/United Kingdom where the shipment was tagged as personal effects/classified document and are with Airport Authority. As it stands now, you have to reconfirm your full name, Phone Number, full address so that I can cross-check and see if it corresponds with the one on the official documents and packages here. It is now left for you to decide if you still need the consignment/Boxes or allow us repatriate it back to London (place of origin) as we were

I am ready to assist you in any way I can for you to get back this packages provided you will compensate me as in (financial gratification).I will deliver it to you myself.I need all the guarantee that I can get from you before I can get involved in this project as i am even ready to make the delivery to you.Please Reply this email strictly at ( as i will prefer only e-mails for now.

Officer Larry Mconnor
Head Officer-in-Charge
Administrative Service Inspection Unit,
Hot Springs Airport MONTANA.USA

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