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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: "Ruth Morgan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:25:48 +0100
Subject: Attention: Mr/Mrs

Attention: Mr/Mrs,

My name is Mrs. Ruth Morgan, I am 69 years old and i was diagnosed for bowel cancer for about 2 years ago. I have being lying critically ill at the hospital since feb 11th, 2013. I decided to WILL/donate the sum of £10,200,000.00(Ten Million Two Hundred Thousand Pounds Sterlings) to you for charity and helping of the society in your country.

I know for sure you will be surprised if such things still happens,believe me the doctor says my chance of survival is based on 70/30. I am not in the position disburse these funds myself as a result of my health.

I decided to will it to you so you can help me disburse the funds to some charity organization in your country. Am helping you, so you can develop the time to disburse these funds on my behalf.I got your information's from facebook and i believe you will use the fund well.

Arrangements have been made with my attorney on how these funds should be transferred to your account from my bank in UK. The necessary documents have been signed and ascertained. I will be moved into the Intensive ward where I do not have access to receive calls as a result of my health condition.

I have no family but relatives who has embezzled my hard earned money years ago; I really don't think they would have pity on me despite my condition by fulfilling my wish to help the charity with these funds.

You are to work with my attorney who will assist in these funds transfer to your account.Contact my lawyer with this info: David Peterson & Associates, Name: Barrister Tyler Clover, Email :

If you find this mail appealing and ready to help me, kindly contact my attorney by quoting this reference number to him (RUMG/877/3369UK/NND). I write this mail to you solemnly with the faith that you will assist me in my last wish as woman to woman.

Meanwhile you are advised to keep this mail and it contents confidential as i really want my wish accomplish at the end of the day without any of my relatives knowing about these funds, Please do remember me in your prayers as I give you the assurance that this is legal.

Yours Truly,
Mrs. Ruth Morgan

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