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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: "Jerry Morrison" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 4 Jun 2010 00:23:37 -0700
Subject: From: Mr. Jerry Morrison.

From: Mr. Jerry Morrison. ( Associate Director / Shareholder)
AngloGold Management and Research LLC (FMR LLC)
Tel: +233 2003 72677

I am Mr. Jerry Morrison,
The Associate Director of Anglogold Ashanti Limited. The world largest mining management company with over $101.9 billion US Dollars Capital Investment Fund.

Nevertheless, as the Anglogold Ashanti Limited Associate, I handle all our Investor's Direct Capital Funds and secretly extracted 1.2% Excess Maximum Return Capital Profit (EMRCP) per annum on each of the Investor's Marginal Capital Fund. As an expert, I have made over US$10,500,000.00 from the Investor's EMRCP and hereby looking for someone to trust who will stand as an Investor to receive the fund as Annual Investment Proceeds from Anglogold Marginal Capital Fund.All confirmable documents to back up the claims will be made available to you upon your acceptance. Meanwhile, I have worked out the modalities and technicalities whereby the funds can be claimed in any of our Clearing Houses without any hitches. Our sharing ratio will be 50-50%. If you are interested, kindly send your direct telephone number so we can discuss more on phone as regard the transaction.

N:B; Do not contact my office number or email; all correspondence must be via my private telephone number and E-mail for obvious security reasons. Tel: +233 2003 72677, E-mail:

Yours sincerely.

Mr. Jerry Morrison
Anglogold Ashanti Limited.

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