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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 David Morris <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 07:52:35 -0700

I am MR DAVID MORRIS, Inspection Unit Manager United Nations Inspection
Agency in Harts-field 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, The two consignment boxes is worth $8
million,And I Ascertain you that the consignment is in your name,you are
advise to provide Clearance and yellow tag certificate for claim.

Contact Email (

Best Regards
David Morris


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