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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. LUIS MORGAN" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 14:22:42 -0400

Attention: Beneficiary,


We are pleased to inform you that your over-due payment has been
approved in this second quarter payment for 2011. based on series of
petitions we received from International Bodies such as Co-operate
Bodies and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO)on the inability of
some Government of different countries in the World, Commercial banks
and World Lottery Organization to settle their clients Contract debt,
Inheritance Fund and Winning prize fund.After an extensive close door
meeting between the Board of Directors of WORLD BANK AND INTERNATIONAL
MONETARY FUND), It was resolved and agreed upon that the United
Nations will work extensively to ensure that all outstanding Contract
Payment, Inheritance and Lottery Winning prize fund will be paid
without any hitch and delay through the European Bank.

It may interest you to know that during our investigation, we
uncovered an outstanding unpaid/unclaimed sum of money in your

name and a mandate has been given to our committee and the World Bank,
to contact you for the payment of your funds. Records before me
revealed that your payment has not been effected as a result of
official negligence as your fund has been identified as either as
ghost file, unclaimed deposit, winning fund and over-invoiced sum etc.
I write to inform you that we have concluded all the necessary
arrangements toward the release of your payment.

I write to inform you that part-payment of $5,600,000.00( Five Million
Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollar Only) has

been approved in your favour.Based on the information received from
our corresponding office, as the real beneficiary of the

said fund, Please confirm

(1) Your full name
(2) Full contact address
(3) Direct phone and fax numbers.
(4) Any form of identifications

Send the above information to Mr.Steve Moore with information below
for your fund release process.

Payment officer
Name: Mr.Steve Moore

You are advised not to accept email or phone call that does not come
from this office in regards to your payment to avoid diversion of your
fund to an unknown bank account.

Accept our Congratulation in advance.

Mr.Luis Morgan

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