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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: "Ken Moral" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 15:01:41 -0500
Subject: Hello

I am Ken Moral, the personal financial consultant to Mr. Charles Taylor
the embattled past President of Liberian who is presently serving a 50
years jail term in United Kingdom. Mr. Taylor urgently desires to make
discretionary placement of high volume figures in viable investment.
Preferably in Economic Suitable/tax friendly country as yours.

If you are willing to handle this investment which is to the tune of $39
Million, please indicate promptly to enable me advise more details. Please
note that your role will be handsomely rewarded at a very favorable
percentage (%).

Yours Sincerely,

Ken Moral.

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