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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. Jefferson peter" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Jun 2022 16:09:56 +0300

Good news,

I Mr. Jefferson peter 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 to 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
$500,000.00 us dollars), in two (2a) envelop for each money order copy
all in the envelop.
Text me urgently with your address full name and email address and
also send email to below email (

yours faithfully,
Mr. Jefferson peter
director general of united states postal service office address 5675
Carolina beach rd. Wilmington, NC 28412-3629#

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