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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: usapostoffice custormercare <>
Date: Fri, 6 Aug 2021 03:02:24 -0700
Subject: GOOD NEWS,


I am Mr. Megan Brennan Director general of United States Postal
Service, Postal service company (USPS) We have been waiting for you to
contact us for your parcel that was registered with us by IMF for
shipment to your residential address. We thought that the sender gave
you our contact details. It may be interesting you to know that a
letter is also added to your parcel,

However, we cannot quote the content to you via email for security
reasons. We understand that the content of your parcel itself is a
money order worth $100,000.00 US Dollars), in two(2) envelopes for
each money order copy all in the envelope. Text me urgently with your
address, full name and email address and also send email to below
email (

We have 3 options on easy way to make the payment of delivery;

1) By PayPal

2) By Money Gram

3) By Gift Card

let me know the easier one you choose, so that once we confirm the
needed fee, Your package will be registered for delivery immediately.

phone:+(681-299-1268 text only

Note: it will cost you $50 for our mailing service which you will send
to us to avoid any type of delays.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Megan Brennan

Director General of United States Postal Service.

Office Address 5675 CAROLINA BEACH RD WILMINGTON, NC 28412-3629.

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