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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: "Desmond Morgan (desmorgan)" <>
Date: Sat, 30 Jul 2005 13:53:48 +0100
Subject: Mr.Desmond Morgan

Mr.Desmond Morgan
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc
Plot 55 Wharf Road,Apapa.


My name is Mr.Desmond Morgan, the manager, credit and foreign bill of
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc.

I am writing in respect of a foreign customer of my bank with account
number14-255-2004/gtb/t whose name was Late Mr.LEE GREEN,who perished
in a plane crash [Korean Air Flight 801]which crashed in Guam on Wednesday August 6,1997with the whole passengers aboard.

Note, for your perusal you can view this website

Since the demised of this customer,I personally has watched with keen
interest to see the next of kin but all has proved abortive as no one has come to claim his funds of US$10.5M, [Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars] which has been with my branch for a very long time.

On this note, I decided to seek for whom his or her name shall be
used as the next of kin as no one has come up to be the next of kin
and the banking ethics here does not allow such funds to stay
more than eight years,because funds will be recalled to the bank
treasury as unclaimed after this period.

In view of this I got your contact through a trade journal and
decided to contact you and I will give you 30% of the total sum,Upon
the receipt of your response,I will send you by fax or e-mail the
Application Letter and other necessary documents which you will use
to apply in the bank and the next step to take in respect to this

I will not fail to bring to your notice that this business is hitch
free and that you should not entertain any fear as all modalities for
fund transfer can be finalized within five banking days, after you
apply to the bank as a relation to the deceased.

When you receive this letter,Kindly send me an e-mail signifying your
decision including your private Tel/Fax numbers for quick communication.

Respectfully submitted.

Mr.Desmond Morgan

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