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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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Fraud email example:

From: "MR.DAVID MORGAN(JP)" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2005 16:23:10 +0000

Strictly Confidential

From Mr.David Morgan (JP)
Chairman,Ecowas Debt Appraisal Board
Accra - Republic of Ghana
Direct Tel:+233 243-261-315
Alternative email:


Forgive my indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and may offend your personality for contacting you without your prior consent and writing through this unofficial channel.I got your contact from a proffesional database found in internet while searching for a reliable and honest person that will assist me safeguard funds into an account.Due to the amount involved since this deal is my last hope,I have to consult my spiritual Leader who directed me to contact you after series of prayers/fasting before this letter to you.
Proposal : In the course of discharging my duty while reconciling our debt on Ecowas contractors files who has not received their balance payments on the contracts executed by them.After going through some old files ,I found out that one of our Foreign Contractor who died some time ago was among the contractor's whose funds are to be paid. I made several attempts to locate his other family members or relations which proves abortive as was not contained in his contract information with us.I thought wisely to transfer this money out now Ecowas is prepared to pay all contractor's outstanding bill than loosing it to Ecowas since its ethics has a stipulated years for such debt after which the debt will be deleted from Ecowas record and will be termed as Bad Debt which will be shared among Ecowas Top management which i am not included.This is why i am contacting you to assist me safeguard this Fund in your account.I would have executed this deal without contacting you but due to our country civ
il service code which prohibits us from operating foreign accounts and also the fund will only be released to a foreigner as the next of kin to the Deceased Foreign contractor.

As an account owner for this transfer,You will be entittled to 15% of the total fund,15% will be used to set up humanitarian organisations to be managed by both of us in your country to help needy,motherless babies and other less priviledged people including donation to the recent Tsunami VIctims in Asia While I take 65% for my investment in your country then 5% will be set aside to take care of any incidental charges which might arise in the course of the transfer.
Due to my position.I have all his personal contract information which will be released to you on demand to pursue the payment approval from Ecowas.All the arrangement to put claim on the fund legally as the apparent heir of the deceased has been perfected.Needless to say, the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous. In return I demand your complete honesty and trust.
NOTE : This transaction will be strictly based on the
following terms and conditions as I have stated
(a)My conviction of your transparent honesty and diligence.
(b) That you would treat this transaction with utmost
secrecy and confidentiality
(c) That you will not ask for more share or try to sit
on the funds once it is under your custody, or any
form of blackmail to allow you run away with this fund.
(d) That upon receipt of the funds you will release
the funds as instructed by me after you have removed
your share of 15% from the total amount before my
arrival in your country as it might take me time to
retire and get my travel documents ready before
arriving.This transaction is 100% legal and risk free
and we hope to conclude this deal within 14 working days if you accord me your unalloyed support and co-operation. I give you my word that you are completely safe in doing business with me. Transactions like this have been successfully carried out in the past by some of my collegues and now they are outside enjoying their wealth with their foreign collaborators.
Looting and corruption is rampant in this part of the world ,thus explaining why you might have heard stories of how money is been taken out of this country through foreigners assistance like you, this is because everyone is making desperate attempts to secure his/her family future, so that when retires from active service he/she will not languish in poverty since Civil servants were not properly taken care of.

NB:To Strenghten the security network of this deal and for you to be very sure you are rightly speaking with me,it is very important that when you call and ask for me,the moment i pick up the phone,you should ask me for the "SECRET NUMBER" and my answer would be "ONE" before we proceed discussions,But if i do not say "ONE",that means you are not speaking with me just disconnect the call and call back till i give you the "NUMBER".
If this deal further interest you,call me for more detailed information and discard this information if you won't participate due the sensitivity of the transaction.As am an employee of Ecowas and always busy in the office especially now that other contractors will be coming for their funds too,Ask me if i am free to talk whenever you call me.Due to poor Telephone System in my country,Your call might be either giving you a busy signal or computer saying that the Telephone subscriber is not Available,Kindly ignore it and continue trying as you must definately be connected.

God Bless
Mr.David Morgan

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