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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)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "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: "Dr. Wilson Lee" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Tue, 26 Oct 2021 18:20:22 +0100
Subject: From The Orlando International Airport Florida USA.
*O**RLANDO **I**NTERNATIONAL **A**IRPORT **F**LORIDA **USA.*
Attn: Consignment Owner,
*I am Dr. Wilson Lee the Assistant Director Inspection Unit / United
Nations Inspection Agency Orlando International Airport USA.*
*During my recent routine check at the Airport Storage / vault on withheld
packages, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from London
and Africa, Revealed When it scanned an undisclosed sum of money in two
Metal Trunk Boxes weighing approximately 35 kg each. The consignment was
abandoned Because the Contents was not properly Declared by the consignee
as "MONEY" rather it was Declared as staff effect to avoid interrogation
And Also the Inability of the diplomat to pay for International Consignment
Money Movement charge before bringing in consignment into the U.S. and we
refused to return the consignment back where it came from since, We have
already received it.*
*On my assumption, Your two consignment trunk boxes Contain more than
$5.5Million to $5.7Million each and the consignment is still left in our
Storage House here at the Orlando International Airport USA. till date. The
details of the consignment Including your name, your email address and the
official document from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on
the Metal Trunk boxes in your favor. However, to enable me confirm if you
are the actual recipient of this consignment, I will advise you to 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 the 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 the Concluding clearance processes and it is the more reason why you
have to act fast now to claim your consignment before further action of the
*The unpaid International Consignment Money Movement charge is the
Government revenue income charges Which Can not be waved or ignore and we
do not Have Any legal authority to deduct any money out from your
consignment before delivery to you, so note that you are in title to
receive your consignment with its exact content, and right now the U.S.
Government is expecting you to clear up the unpaid International
Consignment Money Movement charge as you receive this mail.*
*So in order words, I will advise you to send the required details to me
for quick processing and response. Once we receive your information
Including the payment receipt for the International Consignment Money
Movement Charges, I can get everything Concluded Within 3-6 hours upon the
receipt of your respond to our email.*
*I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive.*
Dr. Wilson Lee
*Assistant Director Inspection ManagerOrlando International Airport Florida