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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Morgan" (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 9 Jul 2020 17:12:49 -0700
Good day Sir. I have an important information for you here. Please accept my sincere apologizes if my email disturbs your business or personal ethics I will first introduce myself to you: My name is Mr. Teddy Morgan, A staff in the Card Accounts Management Section of a very well-known bank here at London United Kingdom.One of our bank accounts has being with holding a current balance of (Nine Million Three Hundred and Forty Six Thousand, One Hundred and Fifty two Great British Pounds Sterling and Point Seven Pence Only (£9,346,152.07) and the Card account has been DRAFTED AS DORMANT. It was last operated For (11yrs) ago. From my private investigations and confirmation the owner of this said bank account a Foreigner by name Mr. Jonce Ludwig died on the 4th of January 2007 in a boat accident mishap that occurred here at Birmingham, UK. Since then nobody has done anything as regards claiming of this money as he has no traces of family member who has any knowledge to the existence of th
is bank account or the fu
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Do you have an account that can accommodate this fund at once?
3. Or do you want the fund to be moved to your bank account bit by bit?
4. What method of payment do you like to receive the fund?
5. Can I use my own part of the fund to invest in your Country?
6. Any guarantee that if I invest in your country there will be result?
More detail about these fund will be made available to you upon your return. Be informed that paper work and documents will be made available for you, Documents will be secure in your name that will enable the fund transfer to your bank account. When you return a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement Paper will be made available by the Lawyer and I will forward you the Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU)/Agreement paper that will bind both you and I so that both of us can sign and the transaction will be done successfully. Thank you for your understanding and I am waiting for your respond as soon as possible. On your interest, let us hear from you by responding to this same email. Thanking you for accepting to do this with us. I remain!
Mr. Teddy Morgan.