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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. LOUIS DEJOY" <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2022 14:38:02 -0700

I am Mr. Louis Dejoy, Postmaster 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 to you to
know that a letter is also attached 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 (USD400,000.00 US Dollars), in two(2)envelops That
is a total of (USD800,000,00), $ 1,000.00 US Dollars for each money
order copy all in the two envelops,

Text me urgently to my number (+1 646-809-7609) or contact Douglas
Tulino who is the Deputy Postmaster on his email below with your
address full name and phone number (

Director General of United States Postal Service

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