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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:

Date: Sat, 2 Oct 2021 23:55:36 -0700

From the office of

Administration Officer

United Nations Inspection Services

Atlanta, Georgia USA


Our agency has in possession a parcel shipped from a government agency of
the United Kingdom. During transport the package was damaged and the label
became almost illegible. What we have deciphered appears to be your name.

In events such as this we have no choice but to turn these packages over to
the closest match on the shipping address. This is required by law. And
this is why we are contacting you.

These packages have been scanned and x-rayed in hopes to find any
information to surrender them to the rightful owner.

We discovered, while x-raying these packages, that they contain a large
amount of United States currency. We assume this was a transaction or
transfer to you and that you are probably still expecting the delivery.
(The total estimated sum is close to $8M)

Again, we are required by law to turn this package over to the rightful
owner and since your name appears on the shipping label, that owner is
probably you.

We would like you to forward this parcel to you but we need to verify your
full name, proper shipping address and a telephone number so we may begin
processing this claim.

There is a limited time required by law to claim lost/damaged/illegible
packages. Once this time expires we must turn the package over to the
United States Government who disperses the contents to charities. Any
unclaimed money is sent to the US Treasury Office where it is destroyed.

If you feel that you should claim this money please reply with the
information above and we can release it to you.


Thank you for your help in this matter;


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