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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. John Moyes" <>
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 14:04:19 -0700
Subject: The Delivery OF Your Consignment Boxes


*I've invited you to fill in a form:Administrative Service Inspection
UnitHartsfield-Jackson International Airport6000 N Terminal Pkwy,Atlanta,
Georgia.30320, USAThe Delivery OF Your Consignment BoxesI am Mr. John
Morris Head Officer-in-Charge, Administrative Service Inspection Unit
United Nations Inspection Agency in Harts-field-Jackson International
Airport Atlanta, Georgia. During our investigation, I discovered an
abandoned shipment through a Diplomat from 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 110kg each.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 $8M 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 110kg 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
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 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 still need the
consignment or allow us repatriate it back to UK (place of origin) as we
were instructed.(REPLY TO THIS EMAIL:(
<> ) 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 this 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 project.(Direct
EMAIL:( <> )Send me
all the requested information to my email.Best Regards,Mr. John MoyesHead
Officer-in-ChargeAdministrative Service Inspection Unit.(920-473-4243*

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