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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: "Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport." <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Apr 2021 04:56:29 -0700

Dear CONSIGNEE,  If you get this message in your spam/junk box, it is due to your Internet Service Provider known as ISP.   Let me inaugurate my humble self before i Convey this vital information to you, but first I must seek your trust beforeI review it to you because it may cause me my job,so I need somebody that I can trust for me to be able to review this topmost secret to you. I am Mr, BARRY BEVON Storage Vault officer at Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport. We have been restricted from any form of delivery of parcels and cargo that is in metallic elements. This is because of the PANDEMIC and how far it has taken a lot of human lives, broken the body of government Parastatals and Economy. It will interest you that on 31st December 2020, a parcel was intercepted and your email address was written on it by the agent from GENEVA. He was sent back by the immigration senior officers, but he was brave enough to register the parcel with the fiduciary department/security person.  Like I said, the parcel has your email written on it as the Airport Storage Vault officer, when I scanned the parcel revealed an undisclosed sum of money. I would like you to stay calm and keep this as a confidential matter, because in our line of work when a parcel exceeds 90days at the airport warehouse, there is a daily charge that it attracts which is known as "DEMURRAGE". These charges always make consignee abandon their valuables, because some are unable to pay up the charges after sometime and later their money/items are confiscated by the government treasury department. As a man who fears GOD and has feelings for his fellow humans I believe in speaking the truth even if it will hurt me later. The reason why i said it should be kept as a confidential case is because i don't want to lose my job at this time. 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 want us to transact this business and share the money 70% for you and 30% for me since the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United States Non Inspection Fee of $3,700 dollars and arrange for the box to be delivered to your doorstep by a private courier  or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my 30% share. I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will appreciate it if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me soon with the requested information. I will be able to call you after I have had a conversation with you. Thanks, Mr, Barry.

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