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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: "Powell Morgan." <pow4morgan@yahoo.no>
Date: Sun, 25 Jun 2006 06:49:45 -0200
Subject: HUMANITY CONCERN.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Email: powell4morgan@yahoo.no

My name is Mr. Powell Morgan, I am from Norway. I have been diagnosed with
esophageal cancer. It has defiled all forms of medical treatment, and right
now I have only about a few months to live, according to medical experts. I
have not particularly lived my life so well, as I never really cared for
anyone (not even myself) but my business. Though I am very rich, I was never
generous, I was always hostile to people and only focused on my business as
that was the only thing I cared for. But now I regret all this as I now know
that there is more to life than just wanting to have or make all the money
in the world.

I believe when God gives me a second chance to come to this world I would
live my life a different way from how I have lived it. Now that God has
called me, I have willed and given most of my property and assets to my
immediate and extended family members as well as few close friends .I want
God to be merciful to me and accept my soul so, I have decided to give alms
to charity organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I
do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity organizations
in the U.A.E, Somalia and Malaysia.

Now that my health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself any
more. I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and
distribute the money which I have there to charity organization in Bulgaria
and Pakistan; they refused and kept the money to themselves. Hence, I do not
trust them anymore, as they seem not to be contended with what I have left
for them. The last of my money which no one knows of is the huge cash
deposit of Four Million United States Dollars ($4, 000, 000, 00) that I have
with a Finance Vaulting Unit Abroad. I will want you to help me collect this
deposit and dispatch it to charity organizations.

N/B: Kindly note that 35% of this funds must go to the tsunami victims, 60%
to other Charity Organization and 5% for your effort and time. I cannot talk
with you on the phone due to my health situation, as I am using my Lap Top
Computer to communicate with you. if you are interested in carrying out this
assignment on my behalf. Please write me privately on my Email:
powell4morgan@yahoo.no
God be with you.
Regards,

Mr. Powell Morgan.




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