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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: "(USPS)" <>
Date: Mon, 09 Sep 2019 23:22:23 -0700
Subject: Dear Customer,

Dear Customer,

I am (Megan Brennan) Director general of United States Postal Service, Postal service company (USPS) We have been waiting for you to contact us for your parcel that was been registered with us By for shipment to your residential address. We thought that the sender gave you our contact details. It maybe 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 it self is a money order worth $50,000.00 US Dollars), $1,000.00 US Dollars for each money order copy all in the envelop, Text me urgently with your address full name and email address. to: and also send email to below email (

Yours Faithfully,
Megan Brennan
Director General of United States Postal Service
Office Address 5675 CAROLINA BEACH RD WILMINGTON, NC 28412-3629

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