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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: Tae Johnson <>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2022 13:13:44 -0600
Subject: Your Overdue Payment Notice!

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.
John F. Kennedy International Airport,
Jamaica, NY 11430, United States.
The United States of America.

Attention E-mail Owner,

The United States Customs Border Protection agency wish to announce to
you that your ATM card and $2,500,000,00 cash funds in our custody which
was seized by the U.S Customs, couple of years ago has been released.

Due to the high rate of Financial crime in Africa and some other part of
the world, we stopped the delivery of the ATM card and the cash to your
home address few years ago when the delivery company failed to provide
the documents of the package to enable the release of the ATM card and
the cash to you, but instead they abandoned the ATM card and the fund
here in JFK Airport.

Based on the order of the United States Customs Controller General. your
ATM card and cash has been released and required your full information
for the delivery to be carried out to your home address immediately
before the end of January. All reply should be directed to Tae Johnson
of the U.S Customs at below email ( ) because he
will be the one to process your delivery.

Kindly get in touch with us asap with your full details for security
reasons although we have your information. Remember contact my email ( ) for procedure

4]Nearest Airport --------------
5]Private email --------------
6]WhatsApp number --------------

Here is your ATM MASTER CARD information 9833. But you can't use your
ATM card
for now, until we deliver it to your home address for security reasons.

Best wishes.
Tae Johnson.

Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement U.S. Customs
and Border Protection agency. The information contained in this
transmission is intended for the address only. If you are the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any use, dissemination, or
copying of the message is strictly prohibited. If you have received this
transmission in error, please delete this message, And immediately
notify the sender by reply or any other means. Thank you for your

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