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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. Charles J. Colocino Jr." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 18 Apr 2020 01:56:22 +0100

Director of Foreign Affairs
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Queens New York, 11430
United States
Hello Good Friend,
I am Sir. Charles J. Colocino Jr., a senior officer at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) New York. During my search for undelivered parcels I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from Africa and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk box which estimated to 12.5 Million United states Dollars. The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges which is $800 USD. The consignment is still left in our Storage House here at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, Queens New York till date. The details of the consignment including your name, your email address and the official documents from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the Trunk box.
However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this consignment as the Director of Foreign Affairs Unit, I will advise you to provide
Your Full name:...............................
Current Phone Number :.................
Full Address:................................
To enable me cross check if it corresponds with information on the official documents including the name of nearest Airport around your city. Please note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the United States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in concluding the clearance processes.Once I confirm you as the actual recipient of the trunk box, I can get everything concluded within 48 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for delivery.
Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned consignment is because I don't want your consignment to be confiscated.  We will arrange for the box to be delivered to your doorstep . Description of Consignment box to be delivered: Type:......CONSIGNMENT TRUNK BOX Size:2:1 CM. Weight:...5.6KG. Color:.....BROWN BOX Registration NO: #98952457 Serial #1256784315 Pin number?*****
I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and interested to receive your box and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via my private Email: ( for further directives
Thank you.
Mr. Charles J. Colocino Jr.
Director of Foreign Affairs
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Queens New York, 11430
United States

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