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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: David Morris <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 19:27:19 +0100

From the office of inspection manager Harts-field 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 worth $8m (Eight million
USD). And I assure you that the consignment is in your name, and you
are advised to provide all details such as your name and resident
address for delivery and confirmation claim, after custom clearance
charges are perfected .

Yours Sincerely,

David Morris.

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