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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: "Edu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2017 14:36:27 -0700
Subject: Attn: Beneficiary

Nipost Corporate Headquarters
Mubarak Muse Gunar House
Plot 1279 Muhammad Bukharin Way
PMB 12537, Garik 900001
Abuja, Nigeria
Tel: +234-812-3131135

Customers Service Hours--Monday to Saturday: Office Hours Monday to Sunday

Attn: Beneficiary

This is POST OFFICE Delivery Company of Nigeria, the management of this company, wishes to inform you that, we received a parcel containing an ATM Master Card valued $10.5million USD with some vital documents attached on
it, for safety delivery to your residential address in your country.

This parcel was brought to us this morning by the ATM Card payment office Nigeria, with the below information’s, please reconfirm the below information, to avoid delivery your ATM Master Card to wrong hand.

And it will only cost you the sum of US$110.00 for the delivery of the ATM CARD because the federal government has paid for the other expense that occurs including the tax and the insurance that cover's it ,so all you have to do is to proceed to Money Gram or Western Union Money transfer and send the money for the delivery fee only US$110.00 to the cashier's name

Sender's name:........
Receiver's Name:..........Nzado Larry
Text question:......when

Full names......
Parcel owner address....

We will register your package and send you the tracking numbers before we proceed for safety delivery of your package as soon as you reconfirm the required information’s for safety delivery.

POST OFFICE is one of the world's great success stories, the start-up that revolutionized the delivery of packages and information. In the past 30 years, we've grown up and grown into a diverse family of companies as POST OFFICE that's bigger, stronger, better than ever.

Yours affectionately.

Mr Edu Johnson
Nipost Corporate Headquarters
Mubarak Muse Gunar House
Plot 1279 Muhammad Bukharin Way
PMB 12537, Garik 900001
Abuja, Nigeria

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