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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: Oliver Edwards <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 22:11:53 +0100
Subject: Your Consignment In Hartsfield Atlanta Airport Georgia (USA)

Hello ,

I am O.G Edwards, a senior officer at Hartsfield-Jackson International
Airport Atlanta Georgia. I have contacted you regarding anabandoned
diplomatic consignment box and the x-ray scan report box revealed some
US dollar bill in it which could be approximately Twelve Million Five
Hundred Thousand dollars and the official paper of the box indicates
your contact details. To confirm you as the authentic beneficiary, do
send meyour full name, your home address, your home/mobile tel number
and the nearest airport close to you.

For your information, the box was abandoned by the diplomat who was on
transit to your city because he wasnot able to pay the ATL clearance
fee of 3,800dollars. I have taken it upon myself to contact you
personally about this abandoned box so that we can transact this as a
deal and share the total money 70% for you and30% for me. As soon as I
get the requested detail from you for verification, I will pay the
clearance fee and make arrangement for the box to be delivered to you
which can be concluded within 4-6hours after confirmation is made and
upon your acceptance and willingness to co-operate. All communication
must be held extremely confidential to ensure a successful delivery.
Reply to this email: ( ) I will give you a
call after my confirmation.

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