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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: "Mrs Shannon Morris" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Apr 2012 12:31:43 -0400
Subject: MY WILL

Good Day,

I presumed that all is well with you and your family, My name is Mrs. Shannon Morris. I am a dying woman who had decided to donate part of what I have to you.I was diagnosed for cancer two years ago.

Please let this not be a surprise ofter to you because i got your contact information from the international directory in few weeks ago before i decided to contact you on this magnitude and lucrative ofter for your future survival in life and the less privileged ones.

I have been touched by God to donate from what I have to you I have decided to WILL the sum of £2,700,000.00 (two million, Seven hundred thousand Pound Sterlings) to you as part of my legacy. I have informed my attorney about my decision.

Contact my attorney with his personal contact below for more details:

Name: Barrister Desmond Cole

Do not reply me, I will not be able to read or reply your email.

God bless you
Mrs Shannon Morris.

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