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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: "David Morgan" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2006 11:34:40 -0600
Subject: Please Reply ASAP.


Dear Esteemed Friend,

Permit me to use this medium in soliciting
for your co-operation with regards to a matter of great urgency
and of mutual benefit.

I am Mr.David Morgan,account officer of Mrs. Maria Stevens at the
International Commercial Bank ,Accra Ghana. I came accross your contact in
my search for a reliable person with whom to execute this proposition that I
am about to let you in on .

This transaction involves the transfer of the sum of Two Million Five
Hundred Thousand Dollars into your personal or company account for safe
keeping.This funds was deposited at the bank by Mrs. Stevens' late husband
Dave,who was assasinated by the president's (Robert Mugabe) aides with view
to taking his farm and assets during the crises that led to the killing and
banishing of foreign (white) farmers from Zimbabwe.You can read more on the
story at:

My reason for contacting you is because my client Mrs. Maria Stevens
requires the help for a foreigner who can assist her in transfering the
money out of Africa where it presently is for investment purposes. The late
husband has put away this money for the future of his wife and four sons.
You will thus understand why their future depends on this money,and as such
they will be grateful if you can assist in the transfer of this funds to
your account overseas for safekeeping and future investment.
All documents needed to transfer this funds to your care has been carefully
worked out before contacting you, and I am assuring you of a 100% risk free

If this proposal looks good to you, please do not hesitate to get in touch
with me to arrange the modalities for transfering the funds to your account
hitch-free. For your assistance we have decided to allow you 30% of the
total funds,while the remaining 70% will be kept for Mrs. Stevens in trust
under your care untill their arrival in your country wheneverMrs.Stevens
deems it fit.

Please get back to me by e-mail at ( Endeavour
also to furnish me with your most confidential phone/fax numbers upon your

Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.

Yours Faithfully,
David Morgan

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