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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:

Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 11:46:59 -0700
Subject: Your $10.8Million USD


I have very vital information to give to you, but first I must have your
trust before I review it to you because it may cause me my job,so I need
somebody that I can trust for me to be able to review the secret to you.I
am FRANK NEWMAN, head of luggage/baggage storage facilities at FedEx
courier Operations,Maintenance,Transportation here Philadelphia
International Airport USA. During my recent withheld package routine check

at the Airport Storage Vault, I discovered an abandoned shipment from a
Diplomat from Africa and when scanned it revealed an undisclosed sum of
money in a Metal Trunk Box weighing approximately 110kg. The consignment
was abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly
declared by the consignee as one neither it was declared as personal
effect to avoid interrogation and also the inability of the diplomat to
pay for the United States Non Inspection

Charges which are $3,700USD. On my assumption the consignment is still
left in our Storage House here at the Philadelphia International Airport
Philadelphia till date. The details of the consignment including your
name, your email address and the official documents from the United
Nations office in Geneva are tagged on the Trunk box.this package worth
$10.8Million USD However, to enable me confirm if you are the actual

recipient of this consignment as the assistant director of the Inspection
Unit, I will advise you provide your current Phone Number and Full
Address, to enable me cross check if it corresponds with the address on
the official documents including the name of nearest Airport around
your city. Please
note that this consignment is supposed to have been returned to the United
States Treasury Department as unclaimed delivery due to the delays.

Lastly, be informed that the reason I have taken it upon myself to contact
you personally about this abandoned consignment is because I want us to
transact this business and share the money 70% for you and 30% for me
since the consignment has not yet been returned to the United States
Treasury Department after being abandoned by the diplomat so immediately
the confirmation is made, I will go ahead and pay for the United States

Non Inspection Fee of $3,700 dollars and arrange for the box to be
delivered to your doorstep Or I can bring it by myself
to avoid any more trouble but you have to assure me of my 30% share.I wait
to hear from you urgently if you are still alive and I will appreciate if
we can keep this deal confidential. Please get back to me via my private
Email for further directives: You can call me
on my telephone number and drop a message at Tel: (+1) 818-722-3188
Thank you.

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