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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: Wed, 25 Jan 2023 17:31:10 +0100
Subject: Dear Beneficiary :

Dear Beneficiary :

This is Postal Courier Service Benin Republic, I am Mrs. Iselbella
Zhang, I would like to use this opportunity to inform you that the
United Nations (UNCC) 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 UNCC to deliver your compensation
ATM VISA 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: +22955064897

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.

The Post Office 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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