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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: "Mohammed Musa." <>
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2021 12:59:54 -0800
Subject: Pls reconfirm your name and address


Pls reconfirm your name and address

This is to inform you that a Consignment Box worth of $25,000.000.00
Twenty Five Million US Dollars was register in your name
with Shift Cargo Service company,

So what you need to do is to reconfirm your name and address to Shift
Cargo Service COMPANY, Contact MANAGER Mr. Ramson Ogwal, Email;
( +256 757511411. so that they
will register your package to be among the packages that will be
deliver this week, the company manager will give you a tracking number
to track and confirm the arrival of the package to your address this

Shift Cargo Service Ltd offers cost effective and timely custom
clearing and forwarding services both for sea and air shipments. We
provide Air Cargo Advance Screening (ACAS), Collecting Pre-Loading
Advance Information, Enhancing Risk-Based Targeting, Streamline
Customs Entry Requirements, and Harmonization of International Air
Cargo Security Standards among others.

We are pleased to offer our services in FREIGHT FORWARDING and CUSTOM
CLEARANCE to handle your import/export shipments. With our Offices
across Uganda, we provide fast and quick services at very economical

NOTE; the only fee you need to pay to the company is $100.00 which is
for the CUSTOMS CLEARANCE which must be paid to customs office before
the package will be delivered to your address,

Best Regards
Mohammed Musa,

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