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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: sandra morgan <>
Date: Mon, 7 May 2007 21:16:48 -0700 (PDT)

I Am MS.SANDRA MORGAN,Secretary Wife and Personal Assistant to former Liberian Rebel Leader Charles Taylor now standing trial for war crime. In this capacity,

we committed alot of crimes and atrocities against humanity and God.Although, am now a Christian convert in my new base in Cote D' Ivoire, but diagnosed of terminal disease. I believe God and I know that I will not die, but will live to declare the glory of God. Our Lord Jesus Christ is my only comforter having lost the beauty of life through the death of my only daughter in the Liberian War.

I diverted the sum of five million, five hundred thousand US Dollars ($5. 5M). The fund is presently deposited in a finance company in EUROPE for security reasons and all the documents concerning the fund are in the custody of my lawyer.

I have prayed concerning this donation for God's guidance and if in your heart you genuinely and faithfully desire to use this fund for the propagation of God's work in any form whether for charity, ministry, evangelical mission or otherwise for the benefit of humanity and glory of God, do get in touch with me for possible communication with my lawyer on how you will receive my donation.
God bless you and as you receive give God the glory.


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