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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. Charles Colocino" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 Mar 2022 14:58:08 -0700
Subject: Your consignment box is ready for delivery

The head of luggage/baggage storage facilities
@ Los Angeles International Airport
Los Angeles, CA 90045

Hello Good Friend

I am Charles Colocino, The head of luggage/baggage storage facilities at Los Angeles International Airport (CA) Los Angele. I am contacting you about an abandoned diplomatic consignment box and the x-ray scan report revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a metal trunk box which could be approximately 14.5Million dollars. and the box indicates your contact email address and the consignment was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly declared by the consignee as “MONEY” rather it was declared as a personal effect to avoid interrogation. However, The Diplomat who was on transit to your location 3 weeks before the coronavirus pandemic crisis that shook the world came up. The diplomat failed to pay for the United States Customs border and protection clearance charges; the Diplomat abandoned the consignment and left without notifying the authority anything of his arrival for declaration of clearance now the US Customs border and protection are doing clearance for 2022 all abandoned cons

Meanwhile, I have taken it upon myself to contact you personally about this abandoned box so that we can transact this as a deal and share the total money 70% for you and 30% for me. I want both of us to transact this as a deal. All I want is your trust as the arrangement for the box to be delivered to you which can be concluded within 4-6 hours after confirmation is made and upon your acceptance and willingness to cooperate.

I will appreciate it if we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via this email for further directives. Send your response to my private email. ( ) do send me your full name, your home address, your mobile telephone

Thank you.

Mr. Charles Colocino

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