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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: "Don Morgan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 15:15:56 +0100

My Dear How are you today,
I was instructed to deliver a Draft/Check to you by my Mentor “Actor Kirk Douglas. As a result of his Charitable/Humanitarian Fundraising Donation for The Less privileged/Interpreting Language program, from his foundation which your name was listed among those to be paid each from The Douglas Foundation. "Actor Kirk and Anne Douglas Donated fund in this new year a new gifts to an array and people that has in mind to do humanitarian work to help elevate some people’s standard of living through his Foundation.I will update you details if i hear from you as well send your Full Name , Phone numbers and scan copy of your valid ID for recognition of whom we are dealing with.
Dorris Morgan

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