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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 Steve Morgan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Jan 2011 18:06:28 +0100
Subject: Guten Tag


I work with the Finance Monetary Auditing Unit here in the Netherlands, On the 9th of Nov 2010 during our Last inspection, My
department discovered an account with the sum of 6,500,000.00 (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) which was deposited by one Mr. Jerry R. Williams.

>From my research and investigation, we discovered that the Mr.Jerry R.Williams before he died had no beneficiary or next of kin to claim this funds.I would like us to work together and apply to this Bank as the next of kin or beneficiary. I will be able to get all the necessary documents that will be required to apply for these funds legally without any doubts or problems.According to the laws of my country, when an account is dormant for more than 8 years the authority has every tendency to confisticate the account.

Kindly send me the details below so we can begin with the preparation of the documents.
1. Your Full names
2. Your Private phone number

I have agreed that we share the money 60% for me and 40% for you.I will send you more info along with my pictures as soon as i get your reply.

You can feel free to call me on the telephone number below so we can talk.Send your reply to my direct Email:

Met vriendelijke groet,
Mr.Steve Van Morgan
+31-644 801 566 your reply to this email address)

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