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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: morgan melo <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 14:53:48 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: DEAR ONE

I am writting this letter with due respect and
heartful of tears since we have not known or met
ourselves previously.

I am asking for your assistance
after I have gone through a profile that speaks good
of you. I will be so glad if you can allow and lead me
to the right channel towards your assistance to my
situation now.

I will make my proposal well known if I
am given the opportunity. I would like to use this
opportunity to introduce myself to you. well, i am
Morgan Melo 20years young boy and I know that this
proposal might be a surprise to you but do consider it
as an emmergency.

In nutshell, my (late) father Mr Melo Dikko
was a very wealthy gold and cocoa merchant who based
in Accra and Abidjan respectively. But he
was killed along side with my mother during last year's
Rable attact and all his properties was totally

However, after their death I managed to
escape with a very important document (DEPOSIT
CERTIFICATE (USS12.5m) THIVE million Five hundred
thousand U.S Dollars deposited by my late father in the bank
which i am the next of kin.

Meanwhile,i am saddled with the problem of
securing a trust worthy foriegn personality to help me
transfer the money over to his country and into his
possession pending my arrival to meet with him.

Furthermore,you can contact the bank for
confirmation and i will issue a letter of authorisation
on your name,that will enable the bank to
deal with you on my behalf.

I am giving you this offers
as mentioned with every confidence on your acceptance
to assist me or take me as your child and manage the
money. I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum
as a mode of compensation for your effort after the
successful transfering of these fund to your
nominated account overseas

Conclusively,i wish you send me a reply
immediately as soon as you recieve this
proposal,please write me back with this email
address Until then,i remain with
the best regards

Morgan Melo


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