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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: "Dr . Wayne Morgan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 18 May 2018 06:02:20 -0700

Dear Sir/ Madam,

My name is Wayne Morgan; I work with Imperial Pharmaceutical Inc. here in
United Kingdom, I got your contact information during an on line marketing
research to India, and I would like to seek your attention for immediate
assistance of a business privilege I have in India.

I need a reliable trustworthy person in India to handle this profitable
business for our mutual benefits. If you are interested to execute a
genuine and honest business kindly contact me for more details. Email:

Yours Sincerely,
Dr . Wayne Morgan

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