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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: "Morri" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 22:07:05 -0700
Subject: Hi,

Attn. Friend,

My purpose of contacting you is to seek your assistance to get my only daughter saved and secure under your care, to be her guidance, and assured that she acquired good education in your country. And she is ready to adhere to your instructions. She attended SOS infants, and Missionary Children's Academy in Cape Verde Islands.

However, let me briefly introduce myself to you, I am Eng. Mary Morrison, I am a single mother, I am from a wealthy home and the only child of my late parents. My deceased father was an oil merchant before he died and he served my country (Cape Verde) with diligence and humanity for fifteen years, he held the position of the chairman of Cape Verde National Petroleum Cooperation and finally joined politics as contest as a presidential aspirant.

Four days after the death of my father, I was arrested by my opposition (Jorge Carlos de Almeida Fonseca) and placed under house arrest without any offence alleged on me, just to jeopardize my political ambition and visions. To God be the glory, I was able to escape from the house arrest with my daughter and we are now taken political asylum in Ghana and also taking my medical treatment in one of the village.

To summarize it, I am seeking your support if possible to receive my funds sum of US$3,000,000. (Three Million United States Dollars) which my father deposited to my favor in a financial institution in London for onwards transfer abroad. The above funds would be entrusting to you or whoever ready to assistance my child to have a good education and good future, my child is all I have on earth.

I am here on exile taking treatment and I don’t know my faith. Please, upon your willingness and after abiding trusts with MOU, I shall send a recommendation letter to the Institution and they shall get the fund release to you either via conventional logistics company or bank to bank transfer, depending on your choice.
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