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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: Sun, 31 Oct 2021 01:12:40 -0600
Subject: GOOD NEWS


Dear owner,

I am Mr David Mark, Inspection Unit Manager United Nations Inspection
Agency in Hartsfield Jackson International Airport Atlanta, Georgia.
During our investigation, I discovered An abandoned shipment through a
Diplomat from the United Kingdom which was transferred from JF Kennedy
Airport to our facility here in Atlanta.
The two consignment boxes are worth $8 million. And I assure you that
the consignment is in your name, and you are advised to provide all
details for claim, after custom clearance charges are perfected .

Best Regards,
Mr. David Mark
Head Officer-in-Charge

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