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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 David Brown <>
Date: Sat, 22 May 2021 02:29:25 -0700
Subject: Dear Beneficiary?

I am Mr David Brown, Head Officer-in-Charge, Administrative Service
Inspection Unit United Nations Inspection Agency in Hartsfield-Jackson
International Airport Atlanta, Georgia. During our investigation, I
discovered an abandoned shipment through a Diplomat from the United Kingdom
which was transferred from JF Kennedy Airport to our facility here in
Atlanta, and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in 2
Metal Trunk Boxes weighing approximately 130kg. 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

By my assessment, each of the boxes contains $4M which is a total of
8Million USD. 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 of the consignment including
your name and email on the official document from the United Nations'
office in London where the shipment was tagged as personal
effects/classified document is still available with us. As it stands now,
you have to reconfirm your information, 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 still need the
consignment or allow us to repatriate it back to the UK (place of origin)
as we were instructed.

Reconfirm your information.

Your full name.............
Phone Number...........
Full address............
Whatsapp Number...............
Copy of your ID Card........
Your Country...............

As 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 these packages provided you
will also give me something out of it (financial gratification). 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 all
the guarantee that I can get from you before I can get involved in this

Note if you receive this message in your junk or spam is due to your
internet provider, I shall be expecting your swiz response as soon as you
receive this mail. You are to reply to this E-mail [ ]

Best Regards,
Mr David Brown
Head Officer-in-Charge Administrative Service Inspection Unit.

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