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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: Louis Dejoy <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2022 02:36:31 -0700
Subject: GOOD NEWS,


I Louis DeJoy Director general of United States Postal Service, Postal
service company (USPS) We have been waiting for you to contact us for
your parcel that has been registered with us By IMF for shipment to
your residential address. We thought that the sender gave you our
contact details. It may 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 it self is a
money order worth $2,000,000.00 US Dollars), $2,000,000.00 US Dollars
for each envelope, all in (3) three envelopes. Text me urgently with
your address, full name and email address including your phone number
to: and also send email to below email;
Email: {}

Yours Faithfully,
Louis DeJoy
Director General of United States Postal Service
Office Address 5675 CAROLINA BEACH RD WILMINGTON, NC 28412-3629.

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