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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: "San Diego International Airport" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 1 Jun 2021 23:15:22 -0000
Subject: Re:Your Abandon Consignments.
I am Edward Kenneth Head Officer-in-Charge, Administrative Service Inspection Unit United Nations Inspection Agency in San Diego International Airport 3225N Harbor Dr, San Diego CA92101, United States
California. 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 California, 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 abandoned.
By my assessment, each of the boxes contains $4M which is 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
Since the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat, I therefore request you furnish me with your Full Name, Contact Address and any valid mean of identification like: International passport/Driver's license in other to apply and pay for the Non Inspection Fee for the release so immediately the confirmation of the above information 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 Or I can bring it by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my 40% share.
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 together using my office to facilitate the immediate release of it to you and thereafter we share the money 50% for you for and 40% for me, while 10% is to be set aside for reimbursement for any miscellaneous expenses we may both incur during the Shipment/Release processes that is my interest.
I wait to hear from you urgently, and I will appreciate if we can keep this deal confidential.
Assistant Inspection Director
San Diego International Airport
California 3225 N Harbor Dr, San Diego
CA92101, United States