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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: "Edward Morgan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 Aug 2011 16:43:45 -0700
Subject: BEWARD!!

We have report that you have been sending your money to scammer, How Could you keep trusting people and at the end you will loose your hard Earned money, or are you being deceived by their big names? They Impersonate on many offices, claiming to be Governors, Directors/Chairmen of one Office or the other.Their game plan is only just to extort your hard Earned money. Now, the question is how long you will continue to be Deceived? Sometimes, they will issue you fake check, introduce you to fake Diplomatic delivery, un-existing on-line banking and they will also fake wire transfer of Your fund with Payment Stop Order  and even send you fake atm cards etc.
I also know that recently you have been dealing with people claiming to be the FBI. They claim that they are helping you and you forward all the fraudulent e-mails you receive to them. At the end they do nothing about the fraudsters. Soon they will ask you to pay money to receive a compensation you. Do not pay any money to them because they are only interested in your hard earned money and you will never receive any compensation in return, they will always keep coming back to ask for more money.
Please I beseech you to stop pursuit of shadows and being Deceived.Feel free to contact me immediately you receive this mail so that I can Explain to you the modus-operandi guiding the release of your Payment. Do not panic, be rest assured that this arrangement will be Guided by your Embassy here in Nigeria.
N/B: You are urgently requested to provide me with the following information
Note if i may advise you do change your password for security reasons.
As a matter of fact, you must not entertain any fear or waiver for any reason as the Eight Million Five Hundred thousand United States Dollars (US$8,500,000.00) have been re-approved in your favor.
OPTION 1.. (Direct Wire Transfer)
You can choose to have your fund transfer directly to your bank account in your country or any country of your choice. This will take 24-48 hours to reach your account. If you however choose this option, then you should send to us the following details about your bank account to enable us proceed with the immediate transfer ($900)
OPTION 2... (Certified Check)
You can also choose to receive your fund through Certified Check insured and sent to your Home or office address. Note: Beneficiaries who choose this option will be liable to the cost of Insurance and delivery charges of Nine Hundred and Fifty US Dollars only (US$450)
Option 3.... ( ATM MASTER CARD)
Your card will be ready for collection within 6hours fee added with the delivery cost is ($250)
Barrister Chambers
Edward Morgan
Approve by President

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