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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: Sat, 4 Mar 2023 01:14:27 -0800
Subject: Attention Dear Beneficiary.


I am Louis DeJoy Director general of United States Postal Service,
Postal service company (USPS) . We have been waiting for you to
contact us for your parcels that have been registered with us By
United Nations in collaboration with the US Federal Government 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 itself is a money order
worth $3,600,000.00 US Dollars), $1,200,000.00 US Dollars for each
envelope, all in (3) three envelopes which total a sum of $3,600,000.
United States Dollars. Text me urgently with your address, full name
and email address including
your phone number to: and also send email to below email;
Number: +1(205) 303-5208
Yours Faithfully,
Louis DeJoy
Director General of United States Postal Service Office Address 5675

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