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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: Suren <>
Date: 28 May 2022 01:00:51 -0700
Subject: Hello, Please Get Back To Me


How are you? I hope you are fine and doing great. I am sorry for
coming to you this way, but this is the only means to communicate
with you and I hope you will see reason to contact me back after
reading this email. I want to share an important information with
you, all I ask is that you read this email carefully, understand
what I am saying and I need your honest discresion. You may want
you to know that, this may cause me my job if words get that I
leak out this information, so I need somebody that I can trust
and someone who is honest too. My name is Suren Kanthasamy, an
Australian living in the United States and work as head of
luggage/baggage storage facilities (Operations, Maintenance,
Transportation) at Los Angeles International Airport - L.A.X,

During my recent withheld package routine check at the Airport
Storage Vault last year December 2021, I discovered an abandoned
shipment which I personally recorded when a Diplomat from
Australia flew in October 2020 and when it was scanned, it
revealed an undisclosed sum of money in a Metal Trunk Boxes
weighing approximately 720kg.

The consignment was held on hold 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 after investigation was complete, the diplomat was fine but
the inability of the diplomat to pay for the United States Non
Inspection Charges of $5,700.00, he abandon it because he was
later rushed to the hospital for suspision of having Covid-19.

The content of the boxes has since been deposited with a bank
after report confirmed, the death of the diplomat a month after
from Covid-19 complications, leaving no trace or information of
any relatives or next of kin. So the reason why I am contacting
you is, for you to work with me and act as his next of kin,
because you both share the same last name. I will arrange for all
documents that you need to present to the autorities at the
airport, so that they would know that you are the next of kin to
the deceased. The bank will hand over all the money to you by
transferring it to your bank account but you have to assure me
that, once you receive the funds, it will be share equally.

I wait to hear from you urgently and I will appreciate if we can
keep this deal strictly confidential. You might think of it as
illegal but it's not,
because if no one comes to make claim on it, the government will
claim it after 3yrs, so it's not illegal, I just need your
support and join me to make claim on it. please get back to me
via my private Email: ( for
further directives.


Suren Kanthasamy

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