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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: "Mr. John Selden" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 05:25:52 -0700
Subject: HartsfieldâJackson Atlanta International Airport
HartsfieldâJackson Atlanta International Airport
Address:6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320, USA.
I am Mr. John Selden, The General Manager in Hartsfield-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 $4M 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,
(1) Full Name:
(2) Phone Number:
(3) 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.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.
sorry if you received this letter in your spam, is due to recent
connection error here in the country
Mr. John Selden