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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: Richard <>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2018 00:16:56 +0200 (SAST)
Subject: WRITE ME AT>

Dear Friend..

Greetings to you naturally, this letter will come to you as a surprise since we have not met. Permit me however with dispense of honor and respect that I humbly make this appeal to you. With the understanding that any facts or opinions expressed in this letter are given in confidence and solely for your personal information and use. Due to skepticism as regard so much happening over the internet, which is also the only medium this message can be conveyed to you confidentially, but if it does not interest you kindly disregard this mail, but if it does makes sense to you I open to do business with you in trust and in sincerity.

My names are Mr. Richard Morgan chief auditor here at the bank, I got your email address from a business network agency, I employed their service to seek for a reliable foreign partner that I can entrust and partner with in making this a success without hitches. I was assured that you’re very capable and honest to handle the magnitude of this transaction.

Few yrs. ago, I used an unclaimed fund {$100 million USD} whose owner has died 23yrs ago and no one has come to claim the money. I secretly invest the fund in a high interest program with Swiss bank; it ran for 7yrs and the capital fund made a profit of $10million USD. Currently the interest program has been stopped, and the capital returned to the bank vaults.

I’m seeking your sincere partnership in moving out the interest, obtained to the tune of $10 million USD made from the program. The profit is currently lodged in an escrow account in the bank here in London. I would like to put you forward as the beneficiary with guidance to pull the interest incurred from the program, and transferred out of United Kingdom to you there in your country. All that is required is to name you as the beneficiary, also providing all necessary legal documentation needed for the bank to approve the fund to be transferred out to you in your name, before funds can be transferred to any bank account of your choice there in your country.

I am contacting you today, because trust is involved here. I will need you to partner with me and provide an account where I can wire transfer this fund and as soon as possible. Once this fund is been successfully received in your account, I would be flying over to meet with you. We shall both split equally 50% of the money transferred to your account. This transaction is 100% risk free as I legitimately acquired the fund so there is nothing to be afraid of. If this proposal finds your interest, I urge you not to hesitate in contacting me as soon as possible on my private Email :( As I have promised you there are no risks involved in this transaction. I can provide you with documentation of the high interest trading regarding this transaction for your perusal. Thanks You

Kind Regards
Richard Morgan

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