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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: "Lt General James Morgan (Rtd)."<>
Date: Thu, 20 Dec 2007 13:37:54 -0500 (EST)

CONFIDENTIAL DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY PAYMENTOFFIEC OF THE PRESIDENCY FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIAAso Rock villa, Asokoro District, AbujaDirect Security Line +234-806-8780481CONFIDENTIAL DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY PAYMENTATTENTION BENEFICIARYI am Lt General James Morgan (Rtd), National Security Adviser to President ALHAJI UMARU MUSA YAR'A DUA . I am delighted to inform you that the contract panel, which just concluded it’s seating in Abuja just released your name amongst contractors to benefit from the Diplomatic Immunity Payment. This Panel was primarily delegated to investigate manipulated contract claims, contracts and over-invoiced payment as the effect has eaten deep into the economy of our dear country.However,from the Records of outstanding Contractors due for payment with the Federal Government of Nigeria, your Name and Company was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding Contractors who have not yet received their payments. I wish to inform you now that the square peg
is now in square hole and your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from the record in my file, your outstanding Contract Payment is US$10,700,000.00 (Ten Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).Kindly re-confirm to me the followings: Your Full Name: ______________________________Your Complete Address (Physical Address with Zip Code notP.O.BOX) : ______________________________Name of City of Residence:_______________________________Country:____________________________________Direct Telephone Number:____________________________________MobileNumber:____________________________________AGE____________________________________FaxNumber:___________________________________Occupation:________________________________Nearest airport:________________________________Working Identity Card/Int'l Passport:________________________________Call me on my direct phone 234-806-8780481 or email
me( on and I will let you know how far I have gone with the arrangement.Kindly Confirm the receipt of this message and send the requirements to me immediately you receive this message. Please i need urgent reply because the boxes are schedule to live as soon as we hear from you. Call me immediately.Congratulations.Best Regards,Lt General James Morgan (Rtd).National Security Adviser to the PresidentFederal Republic of Nigeria

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