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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,John Odinamba" <>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2022 17:28:53 -0400
Subject: US Postal Service

Attn: Fund Beneficiary,

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 been registered with us for shipment to your residential

We thought that the sender gave you our contact details. It maybe interest you
to know that a letter is also added to your parcel.However, we cannot quote
the content to you via email for privacy reasons.

We understand that the content of your parcel itself is a money order worth of
$1,5m,U.S Dollars), $ 1,000.00 US Dollars for each money order copy all
in the envelop, Text me urgently with your address full name and your direct
phone number for easy communication. and email address.and also to email me.


Yours Faithfully,
Mr Louis Dejoy Postmaster General of United States Postal Service
Office Address 5675 CAROLINA BEACH RD WILMINGTON, NC 28412-3629
US Postal Service

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