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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: "OPENDORS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 4 Mar 2019 17:06:45 -0800

I'm Frank Morgan, I have been instructed to notify you of the availability of a package deposited by your relative (our client) in your name at the event of demise. We are entrusted and empowered with diplomatic immunity and status to safe keep valuable packages and baggage in trust for our reputable clients.
We work in collaboration with top firms and government bodies of various countries as we have earned a reputation as a service whose hallmarks in reliability and confidentiality are revered. Our clienteles also includes international missions, fellow diplomats as well as embassies of different countries.
A financial security package was deposited by a benefactor whose identity can not be disclosed due to a binding Non-Disclosure Agreement, specifically instructing us to contact you in the event of demise. The Non Circumvention and Non Disclosure Agreement signed with the benefactor  mandates and authorises us to fully divulge and disclose the benefactor's identity 18 months after the beneficiary has received the funds. We confirm that these funds are fully free of any liens or encumbrances and are clean, clear and non-criminal origin and are available in the form of
By this notice, you are hereby advised to send your Full Contact Information as well as the name of the closest airport to your city in the format stated below. The funds with the documentations of origin will be brought to your country of residence by 3 Diplomats. You will be accompanied to your bank (solely by your request) to deposit the funds in your name with the documentations of its origin which authenticates the facts that the funds are clean with no link to terrorism or drugs as well as exonerates you from any form of investigations and interrogation.
Kindly ensure that no mistake or error is made in the information provide below and it should be forwarded in the manner stated below:
Your Full Name: ______________________________
Your cell number:______________________________
Your Complete Address: ________________________________
Name of City of Residence: ____________________
Name of Closest Airport to your city of Residence:_________________________________
I hereby confirm the the information provided above is correct and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
Congratulations in advance.
Thank you and I sincerely Remain,
Frank Morgan

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