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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "the consignment" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "trunk box" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "consignment " (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "trunk boxes" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "a diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: Eric thomes <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sun, 18 Apr 2021 12:41:40 +0100
Subject: I Am Mr Eric thomes, UNITED NATION INSPECTION AGENCY HARTS
FIELD-JACKSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT. ATLANTA, GEORGIA.
I Am Mr Eric thomes,
UNITED NATION INSPECTION AGENCY
HARTS FIELD-JACKSON INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
I am eric thomes Inspection Agency in Harts field-Jackson International
Airport Atlanta, Georgia. During our investigation, I discovered an
abandoned shipment through a Diplomat from FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
which was transferred from Murtala International Airport. To our facility
here in Atlanta, and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money
in 2 Metal Trunk Boxes. The consignment was abandoned because the Content
was not properly declared by the consignee as money 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 pay for Non Inspection fees among other things
are the reason why the consignment is delayed and abandoned. By my
assessment, each of the boxes contains about $4.8M or more. They are still
left in the airport storage facility till today. The Consignments like I
said are two metal trunk boxes, the details of the consignment including
your name and email on the official document from United Nations' office in
NIGERIA where the shipment was tagged as personal effects/classified
document is still available with us. As it stands now, you have to
reconfirm your Full name, Phone Number, full address so I can cross-check
and see if it corresponds with the one on the official documents.
It is now left to you to decide if you are the beneficiary and still need
the consignment or allow us repatriate it back to NIGERIA (place of origin)
as we were instructed. Like I did say again, the shipper abandoned it and
ran away most importantly because he gave a false declaration, he could not
pay for the yellow tag, he could not secure a valid non inspection
document(s), etc. I am ready to assist you in any way I can for you to get
back this packages if only you are willing to work with me with trust. You
can either come in person, or you engage the services of a secure
shipping/delivery Company/agent that will provide the necessary security.
That is required to deliver the package to your doorstep or the destination
of your choice. I need the entire guarantee that I can get from you before
I can get involved in this project.
Mr Eric thomes,