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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. Richard Stephen" <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 00:47:06 +0300
Subject: Attention My Dear Friend

Attention My Dear Friend

I am Mr. Richard Stephen, a senior officer at John F. Kennedy International
Airport New York, during my search for undelivered parcels I discovered an
abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from Africa and when scanned it revealed
an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk box which could be
approximately 12.5Million dollars.

The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was
not properly declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was declared as
personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the
diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection Charges which is
$3,800USD. On my assumption the consignment is still left in our Storage
House here at the John F. Kennedy International Airport Queens New York
till date. The details of the consignment including your name, your email
address and the official documents from the United Nations office in Geneva
are tagged on the Trunk box.

However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this
consignment as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit, I will advise
you provide your current Phone Number and Full Address, to enable me cross
check if it corresponds with the address on the official documents
including the name of nearest Airport around your city. Please note that
this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the United States
Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the delays in concluding
the clearance processes so as a result of this, I will not be able to
receive your details on my official email account. So in order to enable me
to cross check your details, I will advise you to send the required details
to my private email address for quick processing and response. Once I
confirm you as the actual recipient of the box, I can get everything
concluded within 48hours 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 $3,800 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 30% share...

I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and interested to
receive your box and I will appreciate it if we can keep this deal
confidential. My private Email: ( for further
directives: You can not call me on my telephone number for it will expose
me more.

Thank you.
Mr. Richard Stephen
Assistant Inspection Director
John F. Kennedy International Airport
Queens New York, 11430
United States

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