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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:

Date: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 15:24:51 -0700


I’m Mr Ahmed Yaki,the new appointed Postman of Regular Mail Post
Office branched at New York. I assumed this office on 28th, July,
2022. On going through the files of the previous records of this
office, I discovered that there are six parcels containing ATM cards
each one attached with an email address of the owner on it. The former
appointee of this office ( Barrister Adebisi Adegbuyi) failed to carry
out the delivery as it was instructed and programmed. Probably, one of
his reasons for not carrying out the delivery was that you have not
provided your postal address to him for the completion of the delivery
as he remarked.

According to the content recorded in each file, the ATM card was
deposited by one Senior Evangelist Mathew Peterson who died one year
back as a charity foundation parcel to each of the six of you. On the
statement he wrote on the list, he stated that each of the
aforementioned ATM cards contains the sum of US$20,500,000.00 and he
found your email contacts as reputable and capable persons that can
use the charity awarded ATM Cards to change the lives of people.

Meanwhile, I've made the arrangement of posting the six parcels
through Regular Mail Post Office to the six of you to your respective
mailing addresses.

If there is an ATM CARDS each at the same time. If it is in the spam
folder, it could be due to your Internet Service Provider, ISP. So
move to your inbox before your reply.I am sent to our head office at
Cotonou Benin and reported the issue of the discovered six ATM cards
in my office and they verified it and gave me the veto order to carry
out the delivery immediately you reconfirm your mailing address to
this office in order for us Note, below information is officially
needed for posting ATMs CARD ASAP.

1. Your Full name,
2. Your home Address, _____
3. Your current telephone number, ___
4. A copy of your ID card, _______________
5. Your age / sex, ______
6. Your country, ______
7. Your occupation, ______
8. Your nearest air-port _______

Once you have updated your ATM card once you update us with the above
info and you should be given a tracking number, that is, the track and
trace number of your parcel once it is posted parcel to know exactly
when it will arrive to your mailing address.

Remain blessed as I'll be looking forward to receiving your immediate response.

Postman, Regular Mail Post Office New York

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