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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: "Ken Morgan" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jul 2010 11:48:44 -0100
Subject: Business Proposal

Dear Friend,

My name is Ken Morgan, a banker based in Ghana. I am reaching out to

you in respect of an opportunity that will be beneficial to both of us. I

want you and I to make some fortune out of a situation that I am obviously

left with no other better option. I apologies if contacting you through this

medium does not suit your business or personal ethics. Though I have not

considered this medium to be the best manner to have approached you on this

issue being that the internet has been greatly abused over the recent years

and is much unsecured for information of vital importance. I have decided to

the chance seeing that no other means could have been faster and more

efficient than the e-mail.

I write to you irrespective of the fact that we do not

know ourselves. I am soliciting your assistance in repatriating the funds

left behind by my late client before it is declared unserviceable by the

where the huge deposit is lodged.

My Client who is an American died couple of years ago and every attempt

to trace any member of his extended family has proved unsuccessful as he

died with his wife and only daughter Karin in a fatal auto crash. Do note

that your identity or country of origin does not matter. I will simply
present you

as my client's business partner and the fund was meant for a joint venture

between you and my late client. I will give you more information upon your


Ifthis proposal is acceptable to you, kindly email your following

information to me:

(1). Private Telephone and fax numbers.

(2). Your postal/residential address.

(3). Identification.

(4) Occupation.

I humbly look forward to your soonest response.

Please write me through my private email

Yours Faithfully,

Ken Morgan

Please write me through my private email

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