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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 Jerry Allen <>
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2022 05:21:09 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary.

United States Postal Service
Post Office 421 8TH AVE
NEW YORK, NY 10001-9998

Attention Beneficiary.

This Is United State Postal Service Delivery Company ,The management of
this company, wishes to inform you that, we received a parcel containing an
ATM Master Card valued $10.5 million USD with some vital documents
attached on it, for safety delivery to your home address in your country,
within' the next 48 hrs as soon as we hear back from you. This is (payment
office ) I am directed to inform you that Your payment verification and
confirmations is OK.

This parcel was brought to us this morning by the ATM Card payment
office/United Nation(U.N) as your inheritance approved fund to be delivered
to your residential home address without any delay, so kindly reconfirm
the below information, to avoid delivery of your ATM Master Card to a wrong

Full names..............
Parcel owner address...........

Scan Copy of Your International Passport Or Driver's License. We will
register your package and send you the tracking numbers before we proceed
for safety delivery of your package as soon as you reconfirm the required
information for safety delivery, POST OFFICE is one of the world's great
success stories, the start-up that revolutionized the delivery of packages
and information. In the past 30 years, we've grown up and grown into a
diverse family of companies as POST OFFICE that's bigger, stronger, better
than ever.

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