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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 Lussie Marthen <>
Date: Sun, 12 Dec 2021 02:36:07 -0800
Subject: Urgent Attention Dear beneficiary

Urgent Attention Dear beneficiary

Good Day!

Why have you refused to claim your pending package here at the John F.
Kennedy International airport New York City. Your package has been
pending for more than a year now. You have to get back to us if really
you need your box of funds worth $8,900,000.00. A company delivery
agent abandoned your consignment box of funds here due to

some papers required to clarify that your funds is not for drug
transactions or terror support. Now; that we have fully verified that
it's a compensation funds from the United Nations to you, you should
kindly get back to us to claim it okay. We need to hearing from you to
confirm if you need it no more and that if we should go

ahead and transfer your funds to the US treasury as unwanted or
unclaimed funds.

Kindly reconfirm the below information for verification that they
match with your funds record;
NAME: ================================
ADDRESS: ================================
MOBILE NO.:=============================
You can text office +1(626)2681272 or whatsaap number +1(571)5125507
or send an e-mail to ( I will send to you
my ID card with the
scan copy of your funds God bless you as you get back to us.

Mr Lussie Marthen

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