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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: "Dr.Morgan Berry" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2010 12:32:00 +0100
Subject: Greetings Dear friend,

Greetings Dear friend,

I am Dr.Morgan Berry,the director in charge of auditing and accounting section of our bank Cotonou Benin. with due respect and regard.I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be very beneficial to both of us at the end of the transaction.

At the bank's last accounts/auditing evaluations,my staff came across an old account which was being maintained by a foreign client who we learnt was among the deceased passengers of a motor accident on November,and the deceased has been unable to run his account since his death. The account has remained dormant without the knowledge of his family since it was put in a safe deposit account in the bank for future investment by the beneficiary.

Although personally,I keep this information secret within myself and partners to enable the whole plans and idea be Profitable and successful during the time of execution. The said amount was U.S $19.3M (ninetheen million three hundred United States dollars). As it may interest you to know,I got your impressive information through the Beninois chamber of commerce on foreign business relations here in Cotonou Benin.

Meanwhile all the whole arrangement to put claim over this fund as the bonafide next of kin to the deceased, get the required approval and transfer this money to a foreign account has been put in place and directives and needed information will be relayed to you as soon as you indicate your interest and willingness to assist us and also benefit your self to this great business opportunity.

In fact I could have done this deal alone but because of my position in this country as a civil servant(A Banker),we are not allowed to operate a foreign account and would eventually raise an eye brow on my side during the time of transfer because I work in this bank. This is the actual reason why it will require a second party or fellow who will forward claims as the next of kin with affidavit of trust of oath to the Bank and also present a foreign account where he will need the money to be re-transferred into on his request as it may be after due verification and clarification by the correspondent branch of the bank where the whole money will be remitted from to your own designation bank account.

I have decided the sharing as follows:I will not fail to inform you that this transaction is 100% risk free. On smooth conclusion of this transaction, you will be entitled to {39%}being (US$7,527,000.00)will be your share in respect of the account provision and your assistance rendered during the transfer of the fund into your bank account,{ 52% } being (US$10,036,000.00) will be my share being the codinator and the pillar of the transaction while the rest { 9% } being (US$1,737,000.00) will be shared to the respectable Organisations Centers such as Charity Organisation, Motherless Babies homes, and helpless disabled people in the World.

I will be monitoring the whole situation here in this bank until you confirm the money in your account and ask me to come down to your country for subsequent sharing of the fund according to percentages previously indicated and further investment, either in your country or any country you advice us to invest in. All other necessary vital information will be sent to you when I hear from you.

And i want you to assure me solemnly that you are a trsutwothy,reliable,honest and capable to avoid cheating me in this business.If you are really sure of your integerity, Reply through my private email ( morganberry01@cantv.net ) immediatelly you receive this mail for more detailed information on how to process the transfer of the fund into your account will be.Am looking forward hearing from you.
I look forward to receive your phone number and email so that I get back to you.

Yours faithfully,
Dr.EzikMorgan Berry
My Private Number 0022999164427


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