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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 Morris Brown" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 31 Aug 2010 20:38:36 +0100
Subject: Get Bact To Me

Dear Sir/Madam.

This letter is written to you based on contact information I came across on web while searching for investment options overseas. My name is {Mr. Morris Brown} and I work as a manager in an insurance company here named Standard Trust Insurance Plc. Last month, I discovered one unclaimed policy for the sum of Three Million United States Dollars {US$3,000,000.00} to be paid out as SURRENDER VALUE for the LIFE ASSURANCE POLICY of one liquidated oil servicing company by name {CEDRY INCORPORATED} that went bankrupt many years ago and does not exist anymore. For us to claim this money, we need a foreigner who will stand as the manager of the liquidated company to file a claim on this policy using details and information I will supply.

I have made efforts to get any foreign member of the liquidated company without success. I finally found a lawyer by name BARRISTER TONY who was the lawyer/attorney of the liquidated company. I revealed the unclaimed policy to him and he has accepted to work with me to get the Surrender value paid to the account of any foreigner I will provide to stand as the manager of the liquidated company. Barrister Tony told me that the manager then was very sick during their company’s liquidation and later died and for that reason no one raised the issue of their Surrender value with our insurance company. If you accept to stand as the manager of the liquidated Company to claim this surrender value of three million dollars, I am willing to split the funds into three parts, for each of us having an equal share of One Million Dollars. Once you file the claim, we will do the rest for you in the inside and get the payment released in your name. If you are interested and capable, please get back to me through this email

I will send my identifications to you once you indicate your interest to work with me. There is no risk involved because the company has been liquidated and dissolved and has left Africa for many years now. This Barrister Tony and I will come over to your country for our share once this transaction is concluded. I am optimistic that we will conclude this transaction within three weeks. Thanks in advance for your anticipated co-operation

Mr. Morris Brown.
{Manager} +234-80266-38-128

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