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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.GREG HELMS" <>
Date: Fri, 8 Apr 2022 16:12:36 -0700

Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)california
ca 16505, USA

In view of your inability to receive your Consignment Box reg #:
HG1N8875B2 originally scheduled to be delivered to you by the agency
foreign payment service United Kingdom. This Consignment box in a
metal box valued $7,316,000USD (Seven Million, Three
Hundred and Sixteen thousand United States dollars) arrived at
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)california
ca 16505, USA via United Airlines Flight UA 4130.

I am writing to inform you that we have intercepted and investigated
the said Consignment box and the investigation proved the legitimacy
of its content. Note, your Consignment box was initially scheduled for
delivery to you, The Diplomat who arrived with the Consignment made
several attempts to reach you all efforts proved abortive so he
decided to leave for his country but before he left he settled the
delivery charges and left the Storage Keeping Charges unpaid due to
the reasons that he did not know when you will make claim on the
consignment and the Cargo and Storage Unit charges $35.00 for each day
the Consignment box stays in our custody.

You are therefore advised to contact me back as we the Cargo Unit and
U.S Customs are to assist you recover your Consignment box and
deliver it to you, You are to contact me back to recover your
Consignment or we will be compelled to list your Consignment Box as
an unclaimed and maybe forfeited and moved to the United Kingdom for holding.

God Bless United States of America.

Director. Airport Storage and Cargo Unit
Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)california
ca 16505, USA

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