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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Walter T. Jefferson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:30:42 +0100
Subject: Best regards, Walter T. Jefferson


I express my sincere gratitude to you and your family .I am here to brief you on a partnership relationship after the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation announced the 2013 annual report, The announcement was made in Washington D.C on 23rd December 2013,with federal officials and Attorneys general reached a landmark agreement worth up to $37 billion for the office of the comptroller of the currency to submit to U.S Bank Federal Reserve all Unclaimed Asset, I am Mr, Walter T. Jefferson, after going through report in my office today I decide to offer you my company Investment Partnership ,to let you know what we are to partner with in details.

I am the Chief Financial Officer at Morgan’s Financial Services Corporation, affiliated to Morgan Stanley an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in the Morgan Stanley Building, Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Morgan Stanley operates in 42 countries, and has more than 1300 offices and 60,000 employees, we pattern with, JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, UBS, We reports US$304 billion in assets under management or supervision.
In its first year the company operated with a 24% market share (US$1.1 billion) in public offerings and private placements. The main areas of business for the firm today are Global Wealth Management, Institutional Securities, and Investment Management.

The major reason why I am contacting you today is to build a partnership link with you for Treasure Account Unclaimed Asset worth of $20.500.000.00 (Twenty Million Five hundred united state dollars) to your account so that you can Come with your ideas to build a solid wall in the financial sector with as soon as the transfer is made, If we enter into agreement a legal (M.O.U) will be prepared and a copy send to you to sing a document as a M.O.U , and your name will be submit as the beneficiary to office of the comptroller of the currency(O.C.C), Washington for verification before the final approval for JPMorgan Chase or Bank of America (B.O.A) to transfer/credit your account with the $20.500.000.00 into your bank account. Since O.C.C is the Administrator of our National Banks.

Before this transfer will be carry onto your nominated bank account, The Office of Foreign Asset Control & the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (of which the Comptroller serves as a director have to carry on the investigation with the requested information, which I will provide to them all legal back up document in your name as beneficiary without any problem.

My Job is to aid you in the successful pay in of the total amount after our due investigation into your account through, , JPMorgan Chase or Bank of America paying canter’s It shall be done in a very professional way to avoid unforeseen problems. I will register you in our syndicate Investor online data base expecting you to get back to me with an answer to enable me get ready your transfer file storage facility.

Your name will be confirmed a Morgan Syndicate Investor and you are now protected by all the laws and protective measures put in place by this bank for Individuals dealing in bulk cash, upon your responds to partner with me in this business.

Best regards, Walter T. Jefferson
Chief Financial Officer at Morgan Financial Services Corporation
call for more information
Tel: +1-(516)418-6480
Fax: +1-(646)513-2606

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