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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:
- An email address listed inside this email has been used in a known fraud before.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "dear friend" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "the consignment" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "trunk box" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "consignment " (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "trunk boxes" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "the diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- "a diplomat " ("diplomats" who perform deliveries of cash or other valuables to you only exist in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists free webmail addresses. Use of such addresses is typical for scams. Lotteries, banks and any but the smallest of companies do not normally use such addresses. Criminals use them to anonymously send and receive email at Internet cafes.
- email@example.com (email address has been used in a known fraud before)
Fraud email example:
From: Office File <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Mon, 3 Jan 2022 00:47:16 +0100
My Dear Friend,
I am Mr.Desmond Harvey the Assistant Director Inspection Unit/United
Nations Inspection agent in London Heathrow Airport. During my recent
withheld package routine check at the Airport Storage Vault, I
discovered an abandoned shipment from a Diplomat in London and when
scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in the Metal Trunk
Boxes weighing approximately 605.00 kg. 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 Non Inspection Charges which is about GBÂ£7,800.
On my assumption, the box will contain more than GBÂ£25Million to
GBÂ£30Million and the consignment is still left in our Storage House
here at the London Heathrow Airport till date. The details of the
consignment including your name, your email address and the official
document from the United Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the
Metal 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 name, current Phone Number and current
residential Address, to enable me cross check if it corresponds with
the address on the official documents including the name of nearest
Airport around your city.
Please note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to
the United Kingdom 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 words to enable me cross check your details, I
will advise you send the required details to my personal email address
which is email@example.com for quick processing and response.
Once I confirm you as the actual recipient of the trunk box, I can get
everything concluded within 24hours 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 equally since
the consignment has not yet been returned to the United Kingdom
Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so
immediately the confirmation is made, I will pay for the Non
Inspection Fee and arrange for the box to be delivered to your
doorstep to avoid any more trouble. But I will share it 60%/40% with
you. But you have to assure me of my 40% share.
I am on inspection just email me and make sure you include your mobile
number so that I can give you a call. I wait to hear from you urgently
if you are still alive.
Assistance Inspection Director
Heathrow International Airport London UK.