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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 Morschek[DDC]" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 6 Aug 2017 02:03:54 -0700

Dear Friend,

My office, Bureau of Audit under the City of New York Office of the Comptroller, audited the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) regarding the last 7 years contractors payments, released to companies/individuals that completed their various contracts. We audit agencies such as the New York City Department of Design and Construction (NYC DDC) as a means of ensuring compliance with procedures for recovering City Funds. The audit found that the NYC DDC did not issue payment release instructions to few contractors in 2009/2010, which was as a result of design errors and change order work. It was further discovered that the affected contractors corrected all errors, and some pending payments went through, except two other excess payments that were given approvals but not released during the Fiscal Years 2009 and 2010, as follows $172,580,340 and $94,660,505. Furthermore, the NYC DDC do not always adhere to standards to preclude designs errors and omissions fr
om occurring in the first place.

As the case may be, my superiors have the co-operation of DDC's senior officials to invite or source for a reliable and trustworthy individuals or companies that can apply for the contract payments through DDC. However, by virtue of our position as civil servants, we cannot acquire these monies in our names or company's names, thus, we intend to re-profile the unpaid contract payment' s file to your name or company's name, to aid the DDC to release the funds to you/your company. However, before we proceed, i wish to introduce myself properly, I am Michael Morschek, Senior Audit Officer under the former City of New York Office of the Comptroller, John C. liu, and as a matter of fact i was asked to contact you to draw your attention to this beneficial matter. So kindly let me know if you are interested in taking up the task, and upon your response, you shall be given further details and documents as regards the issue at hand.

Please indicate your interest by responding swiftly to this mail through


Michael Morschek

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