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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: "Mrs. Iselbella Zhang" <>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2022 18:26:30 +0100
Subject: Dear Beneficiary :

This is Benin postal courier service, my name is Mrs. Iselbella Zhang,
would like to inform you that the United Nations (UN) compensates those who
have unclaimed funds and your information was found in the list of
unclaimed funds. The post office has been commissioned by the UN to deliver
your compensation fund with a Visa ATM card value of Five Million Five
Hundred United States Dollars ($5.5 million) to your residence address.

We have investigated and found that you are the rightful owner.

However, we have concluded to send you your own Five Million Five Hundred
US Dollars ($5.5 million) Visa ATM Card to your residence address. We may
not be able to send your Visa ATM card with your email address alone, so we
need your information to avoid misdelivery.

Full name :
Parcel Owner's Address:
Occupation :
Copy Of Your Identity:

Contact the director:
Name: Dr Murphy Nobert
Email address: (
Tel: +22955064891

We will start registering your package and send you the tracking number
before proceeding to secure delivery of your package as soon as you
reconfirm the information required for secure delivery.

La Poste is one of the world's great success stories, the start-up that has
revolutionized parcel and information delivery over the past 30 years. We
have grown into a diverse family of post offices that are bigger, stronger
and better than ever.

Your affectionately
Mrs Iselbella Zhang

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