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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: "Mr. Morgan Patrick" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 04:46:08 -0700
Subject: Reply Urgently !

Hello Dear,

My name is Mr. Morgan Patrick; I am in charge of auditing and financial
department of our Bank. I have an obscured business suggestion for you. One
of our accounts with holding balance of Money Valued £15,000,000.00 (Fifteen
Million Pounds Sterling) has been dormant and has not been operated for some
years now.

>From my investigations and confirmations, the owner of this account Mr.
Andreas Schranner a citizen of Germany who perished in a plane crash
(Concorde Air Flight AF4590) with the whole passengers on board on 31 July
2000. And for your confirmation you can view
this website:

Since then nobody has done anything as regards to claiming of this money
because he has no family members who are aware of the existence of neither
the account nor the funds.

I have decided to transfer the fund out of our bank secretly, so I would
need a reliable bank account and I also need to know if you can be able to
handle such amount of money when transferred into your account.

I cannot come out and claim this fund alone because my bank has already
known me to be their staff. The bank is ever ready to transfer the fund to
any foreigner who has correct details to the account which I am going to
give to you upon your seriousness towards this project and prompt response.

The sharing of the fund between us, is going to be as follows; you will be
given 35% of the total amount, 60% will be for me, while 5% will be for
expenses both parties might have incurred during this business process.

You should bear in mind that both of us would put in our effort, time and
finance in order to archive our aim. I would let you know the next step when
you have given me a call so that I would know you are very serious to do
this transaction with me.

You should keep this project highly confidential and very secret.

Best Regards,

Mr. Morgan Patrick.

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