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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: a <>
Date: Sun, 26 Dec 2021 13:04:46 -1200
Subject: Attention Beneficiary

Hello Good Friend!

From John F. Kennedy International Airport.

I have very vital information to give to you, but first I must have
your trust before I review it because it may cost me my job, so I need
somebody that I can trust for me to be able to review the secret to
you. I am Sir Charles john Colocino, head of luggage/baggage storage
facilities here at the John F. Kennedy International Airport Queens
New York during my search for undelivered parcels I discovered an
abandoned shipment from a Diplomat from Benin Republic and when
scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk box.
The consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment
was not properly declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was
declared as personal effect to avoid interrogation and also the
inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non Inspection
Charges which is $3,800 US. On my assumption the consignment is still
left in our Storage House here at the John F. Kennedy International
Airport Queens New York till date. The details of the consignment
including your name, your email address and the official documents
from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the Trunk box.
However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual recipient of this
consignment as the assistant director of the Inspection Unit, I will
advise you provide your full information as Below:


To enable me to 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 concluding the clearance processes so as
a result of this, I will not be able to receive your details on my
official email account. So in order to enable me to cross check your
details, I will advise you to send the required details to my private
email address for quick processing and response. Once I confirm you as
the actual recipient of the trunk box, I can get everything concluded
within 48 hours upon your acceptance and proceed to your address for
delivery. Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon
myself to contact you personally about this abandoned consignment is
because I want us to transact this business and share the money 70%
for you and 30% for me since the consignment has not yet been returned
to the United States Treasury Department after being abandoned by the
diplomat so immediately the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and
pay for the United States Non Inspection Fee of $3,800 dollars and
arrange for the box to be delivered to your doorstep Or I can bring it
by myself to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my
30% share.

I wait to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will
appreciate it if we can keep this deal confidential.

Thank you.

Best Regards.
Charles John COlocino.
Assistant Inspection Director
John F. Kennedy International
Airport Queens New York, 11430 United State

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