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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:

Date: Wed, 6 Jul 2016 03:31:05 -0400
Subject: From Mrs. Olivia Morgan !!

Hello My Dear

Before I start, I must firstly apologize for this unsolicited proposal to you. I am aware that this is certainly an unconventional approach for starting business a relationship, Please accept my sincere apologies if my email does not meet your business or personal ethics. But as time goes on you will realize the need for my action.I am Mrs Olivia Rita Morgan, a senior staff with a reputable bank. I have only written to seek your indulgence and assistance. I wish to make a deal of a transfer involving the sum of $50,000,000.00.(FIFTY MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY). a fixed deposit account, Be informed that this transaction is 100% total risk free: and troubles as the fund is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act.

I am proposing to make this transfer to a designated bank account of your choice. Thus, i need your indulgence and support; i promise to offer you 50% of the total amount, while 50% for me. after the transfer has been successfully concluded. Kindly reply me through this my private email: ( for more details about this transaction. if your interested and honest make sure you reply me with this email:( I shall furnish you with the more details.

Thanks and God bless.
Sincerely Yours,
Mrs. Olivia Rita Morgan,
Phone:+44 70 8762 9649

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