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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: United States Postal Service <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2017 21:50:01 +0200
Subject: Attention: Sir/Madam,

Attention: Sir/Madam,
We the United States Postal Service Billings, MT 59102 Office write to inform you that your package which was giving to us by the United Nation on March 21, 2017, 2:49 pm to get delivered to your home address was stop since March 26, 2017, 8:24 am and since we have been trying to reach you and no way, the package has been Redelivery Scheduled on May 2, 2017 at BOHEMIA, NY 11716 due to the fact that the United Nation could not pay for the custom clearance/insurnace to your package.
Note: We have been trying to contact you about this until today we finial contact to you now, So please we kindly need you to contact us now without delay so we can handle everything and get your package to you.
Below is your tracking number to your package.
Tracking: UH004588445US
Note: We are working according to the constitution binding this committee as well as helping the less privilege through this means. Also be inform that the fee requested for the custom clearance/insurnace to your package before it can be send to you is nothing but just $155 USD, so kindly take note and contact us back on how to send the fee.
Best Regards,
Ronald A. Stroman
United States Postal Service

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