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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 Ronald Marcum <>
Date: Sun, 30 Oct 2022 11:22:23 +0100
Subject: Attention Beneficiary

Post Cargos Delivery Company
421 8TH AVE
NEW YORK, NY 10002-9998

Dear Beneficiary;

Here is to inform you that the US Post Office received a parcel for
you. The Parcel have been transferred to our delivery department for
immediate shipping. The parcel contains a MasterCard valued $2.5
million USD as registered in our system

This parcel was brought to us by the Warren Buffett Foundation
partnered by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Winners are selected through
an electronic ballot system, they embarked on a worldwide promotion
through a sophisticated automated database to randomly select
E-mail/Facebook accounts that frequently surf the Internet. consequent
upon this, you have been selected as one of the deserved beneficiary.

Kindly provide the following information for a safe delivery.


Also, attach a scanned copy or picture of your International
Passport/Any Valid ID or Driver's License. We will begin the delivery
process and send you a Tracking ID as soon as you have confirmed your
details, and final verification is successful.

NOTE: The Diplomatic agent does not know the content of the parcel.
Meanwhile for security reasons, we will advice that you keep this
information confidential as a means of security to avoid double
claiming and unwarranted taking advantage of this program by
non-participant or unofficial personnel until your parcel is

Hope to receive your response on the Email ID:

Yours Faithfully.
Mr Ronald Marcum.

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