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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: Balram Bheodar <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 10:43:09 +0100
Subject: The Delivery OF Your Consignment Boxes

*Harts-field-Jackson International Airport 6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta,
Georgia.30320, USA The Delivery OF Your Consignment Boxes I am Mr. Balram
Bheodari Head Officer-in-Charge, Administrative Service Inspection Unit
United Nations Inspection Agency in Harts-field-Jackson International
Airport Atlanta, Georgia. During our investigation, I discovered an
abandoned shipment through a Diplomat from United Kingdom which was
transferred from JF Kennedy Airport to our facility here in Atlanta, and
when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in 2 Metal Trunk Boxes
weighing approximately 110kg each. The consignment was abandoned because
the Content was not properly declared by the consignee as money rather it
was declared as personal effect/classified document to either avoid
diversion by the Shipping Agent or confiscation by the relevant
authorities. The diplomat's inability to pay for Non Inspection fees among
other things are the reason why the consignment is delayed and abandoned.
By my assessment, each of the boxes contains about $8M or more.They are
still left in the airport storage facility till today. The Consignments
like I said are two metal trunk boxes weighing about 110kg each (Internal
dimension: W61 x H156 x D73 (cm) effective capacity: 680 L) Approximately.
The details of the consignment including your name and email on the
official document from United Nations' office in London where the shipment
was tagged as personal effects/classified document is still available with
us. As it stands now, you have to reconfirm your full name, Phone Number,
full address so I can cross-check and see if it corresponds with the one on
the official documents. It is now left to you to decide if you still need
the consignment or allow us repatriate it back to UK (place of origin) as
we were instructed. (REPLY TO THIS EMAIL:( *

* <> ) As I did
say again, the shipper abandoned it and ran away most importantly because
he gave a false declaration, he could not pay for the yellow tag, he could
not secure a valid non inspection document(s), etc. I am ready to assist
you in any way I can for you to get back this packages provided you will
also give me something out of it (financial gratification). You can either
come in person or you engage the services of a secure shipping/delivery
Company/agent that will provide the necessary security that is required to
deliver the package to your doorstep or the destination of your choice. I
need all the guarantees that I can get from you before I can get involved
in this project. (Direct EMAIL:(
<> ) Send me all the requested information to my
email. Best Regards, Mr. Balram Bheodari Head Officer-in-Charge
Administrative Service Inspection Unit.*

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