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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: "Mr. Jack Morgan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 09:03:56 +0100

Attention: Sir/Madam,
I am Jack Morgan and my address is 41460  Hwy 59lot 129 Bay
Minette Alabama  36507 USA, I am the new attorney with United
Nation/International Monetary Fund (IMF) and United State Government.
I am writing to notify you of a payment file containing funds ($12.5
million USD) which is with me for delivery, Please, Can you kindly
tell me the reason of your delay concerning the delivery?
Note: If you fail to contact me back on or before 72 hours, your
payment file containing your funds ($12.5 million USD) shall be
cancelled, and the delivery of your funds shall be returned back to
government reserve account.
If you are ready to receive your payment funds then make sure to
contact me back by filling out the below informationís for processing.
Full Name:
Home/Office Address:
Cell/Mobile Phone Numbers:
Nearest Air Port:
Yours Sincerely,
Jack Morgan
41460  HWY 59LOT 129
+1 347-746-1471

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