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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)," (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2001 06:23:39 -0800

Aso Rock villa, Asokoro District, Abuja


I am Lt General James Morgan (Rtd), National Security Adviser to the President

I am delighted to inform you that the contract panel, which just concluded it
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, we wish to bring to your notice that your contract profile is still
reflecting in our central computer as unpaid contractor while auditing was
going on. Your contract file was forwarded to my office by the auditors as
unclaimed fund, we wish to use this medium to inform you that for the time
being Federal Government of Nigeria have stopped further payment through bank
to bank transfer due to contractors numerous petitions to United Nations
against Nigeria on wrong payment and diversion of contract funds to different

In this regards we are going to send your contract part payment of 9.5 Million
USD. To you via our accredited shipping company and I have secured every
needed documents to cover the money. Note: The money is coming on 2 security
proof boxes. The boxes are sealed with synthetic nylon seal and padded with
machine. Please you don't have to worry for anything, as the transaction is
100% risk free. The boxes are coming with a Diplomatic agent who will
accompany the boxes to your house address. All you need to do now is to send
to me your full house address and your identity such as, international
passport or drivers license and your mobile phone and telephone number, The
Diplomatic Attach?© will travel with it. He will call you immediately he
arrives your country's airport. I hope you understand me.

Please kindly get back to me today also with the requested information’s so
that we can proceed on this matter as soon as possible.

1) Your full name.
2) Phone, fax and mobile #.
3) Company name, position and address.
4) Profession, age and marital status.
5) Copy of int'l passport, driver’s linsense, or any valid ID card.

Note: The diplomat does not know the original contents of the boxes. What l
declared to them as the contents is Sensitive Photographic Film Materials for
security reasons. I did not declare money to them please. If they call you and
ask you the contents please tell them the same thing Ok. E-mail and I will let
you know how far I have gone with the arrangement. I will secure the
Diplomatic immunity clearance certificate which will make it pass every custom
checkpoint all over the world without hitch. 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.


Best Regards,

Lt General James Morgan (Rtd).
National Security Adviser to the
Federal Republic of Nigeria

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