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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.Ben Douglas" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Apr 2023 09:09:25 -1200
Subject: Good Day Consignment Box Owner!

Good Day Consignment Box Owner!

My Name is Mr. Ben Douglas, III, The Senior Storage officer at DHL
Express Courier Service. During our recent withheld package routine
check at the Airport Storage Vault, we discovered an abandoned
shipment from one Diplomat agent, under shipping forwarder from
Hatfield-Jackson Atlanta Intl Airport to our facility custody here in
Charleston International Airport SC and when scanned,it revealed an
undisclosed sum huge amount of money in one Metal Trunk Box.

The consignment box worth the sum of $6.8 Million US Dollars, was
abandoned because the Contents of the consignment was not properly
declared by the consignee as MONEY rather it was declared as personal
effect to avoid diversion by the shipping agent or inability of the
diplomat to pay for United States Inspection charge.

The details of the consignment including your name/address and
official documents from United Nations were tagged on the consignment
box, Please note that this consignment supposed to return to the
United States Treasury Account as an unclaimed fund due to your delays
in contacting us for the claims.

For this reason,i will urgently advise you to get back to this office
with your full delivery info where your box-money will be delivered to
or contact me at ( for further
instruction on how to claim your Fund which await delivery at
Charleston International Airport SC USA.

Your full name--------
Direct Cell Phone Number -------
Your address----------
Your country-----------
Your Nearest Airport------------
Your age--and occupation-----

if you found this email in your spam folder, please move it to the
inbox before replying and know that it must have been caused by a bad
signal or some other electronic issue.

Yours faithfully

Mr. Ben Douglas
The chief operating officer of DHL Express Courier Company.

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