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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" <david_morgan01@latinmail.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: david_morgan02@latinmail.com
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:01:27 +0000
Subject: Urgent Letter from Mr. David Morgan

MR.DAVID MORGAN (JP)
CHAIRMAN,
ECOWAS CONTRACTOR'S
DEBT RECONCILIATION/APPRAISAL BOARD
ACCRA - GHANA

GOOD DAY,

ACCOUNT PROVISION FOR $45 MILLION USD
MY NAME IS MR.DAVID MORGAN,CHAIRMAN ECOWAS
CONTRACTOR'S DEBT RECONCILIATION/APPRAISAL BOARDS
I AM CONTACTING YOU TO INQUIRE FROM YOU IF YOU CAN
ASSIST ME SAFEGUARD FUNDS
AMOUNTING TO $USD45 MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS LEFT
BY OUR LATE FOREIGN CONTRACTOR WHOSE PROVIDED ADDRESS COULD
NOT BE TRACED SINCE HE DIED ALONG WITH
HIS FAMILIES.YOU WILL BE PRESENTED AS THE NEXT
OF KIN TO THE DECEASED TO
ENABLE OUR ORGANISATION TRANSFER THE MONEY TO YOU.

AT THE END OF THE TRANSACTION,YOU WILL BE COMPENSATED
WITH 30% OF THE TOTAL MONEY.
THIS TRANSACTION IS 100% RISK FREE BUT SHOULD BE KEPT
SECRET AND CONFIDENTIAL
DUE TO MY POSITION IN ECOWAS

I WILL GIVE YOU MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE TRANSACTION
WHEN I RECIEVE YOUR
AFFIRMATIVE RESPONSE. YOU CAN CONTACT MY CONFIDENTIAL
SECRETARY MRS.JOY EGOBIA AT
HER SECURED E-MAIL ADDRESS :
egobia1_ecowasghana@freeghana.com

NOTE:DUE TO MY POSITION NOW,I HAVE THE DECEASED
CONTRACT FILE WITH ME INCASE OF
ANY QUESTION FROM OUR ORGANISATION WHEN THE DEAL
STARTED AND ALSO THE PROCESS TO PUT CLAIM
ON THE FUNDS AS THE NEXT OF KIN WILL BE LEGALLY
PROCESSED TO AVOID ANY BREACH OF LAW OF OUR
COUNTRIES

THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING,
LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING FROM YOU SOONEST.

YOURS FAITHFULLY.
MR.DAVID MORGAN(JP)


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