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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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Fraud email example:

From: Fund Verified <>
Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2022 02:36:48 -0700
Subject: IRS Commissioner,

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1 World Way, Los Angeles, CA 90045, USA

Email (

Greeting from IRS

We the Internal Revenue Service, believed that you received the
previous message we sent to you, prior to your dealings with the U.S
Custom Authority at (Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
California as regards to your over-due contract payment consignment
trunk box worth $10,500.000.00 (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars only), which was endorsed in your favor and like
we stated earlier, we have dully screened through this project as
stipulated on our protocols of operation and have finally confirmed
that your contract payment is 100% genuine and hitch free from all
face and of which you have the lawful right to claim your fund without
any further delay.

This is to bring to your notice that we have just been informed
through secret source that the U.S Custom Authority at (Los Angeles
International Airport California are making arrangement to have your
contract fund wired into the Bank account of Mrs. Jane Frederick, the
lady that contacted them, earlier and presented some documentations
evidencing your claim purported to have been signed personally by you
for the release of your contract fund to her, since you have chose to
ignore their messages and refuse to pay the required $600.00 for
Custom Clearance Certificate C.C.C. charges as imposed, despite the
advise we gave to you.

I want to personally assure you once again that you will have every
course to smile and be happy upon conclusion of this project, as we
will continue monitoring all your services with them at all level as
well as your correspondence, until you have received your Metal Trunk
Box accordingly, we are here to protect your interest and that is the
reason why we are doing all we can to make sure all goes well. This is
a huge amount of money which we don't wish for you to lose.

We understand that the imposed fee might be too much for you to pay so
to further make things easier for you, we have discussed with the U.S
Custom Authority at (Los Angeles International Airport California
)pleaded on your behalf for them to give you the grace of sending
$300.00 out of the charges which will be only $300.00 Us Dollar for
now after which the Diplomatic Agent deliver your consignment trunk
box to you then once you receive your fund, you can then pay the
remaining balance of $300

All we want you to do right now is to go ahead and send the payment
with the name listed below so we can forward it to Missouri Customs
authority to help us obtain the Custom Clearance Certificate C.C.C.
and the diplomat will make the delivery to your home address tomorrow

Description of Your Consignment box to be delivered:

Size:..... 2:1 CM.
Color:.....BLACK BOX
Registration NO: #98952457
Serial #5267843156
Pin number...*****

Contact us right away and let me know when you will send half of the
charges as we discussed with them to enable them route your fund to
you with immediate effect. This is a life time opportunity and we will
advise you to take advantage of it, before it will become too late for

Also be informed that we came to an agreement with the U.S Custom
Authority at (Los Angeles International Airport California)that you
will be sending the fee, latest before the end of tomorrow so please
we will advise that you send the fee right away because if you fail to
do that, then they will have no other choice than to release your fund
to Mrs. Jane Frederick who is ready to work with them, and am sure it
will be a very great loss to you as we will not be able to help you
then, hence your fund will be lost forever.
This is an official notification and we advise you treat it with
utmost urgency, in your best interest.

Yours Sincerely,
IRS Commissioner,
Mr.Richard Ben

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