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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: "Michael Rake Morgan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 06:45:52 +0200

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Sir. Michael Rake Morgan and I am a Banking Auditor,in December 2012 AmTrust Banking and SouthWest Banking Auditing I recognised a Deceased account in SouthWest Banking,London Head Branch with no Beneficiary over 18Years and Sum of $16.2 Million USD.

I am in search for a Trusted Person and got your contact Email,it will intrest me if i can trust you and you become the beneficiary of this Funds and have the Funds transferred to your personal Bank account with all Legal forms and walk away with 50% and Transfer 50% for me and my partner {Transaction Manager} In SouthWest Banking.

This process is quite easy and doesn't require a lot of imput on your side. However, it does involve your trust and your word.

I Look forward for your sincere Reply while I issue you all due process and Full details and we proceed,This is a Huge Opurtunity for us.


Sir. Michael Rake Morgan

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