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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: Gabriel Morrison <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 2021 19:54:15 +0100

Good day to you my dear friend

I am pleased to inform you of my success in transferring these funds
with the cooperation of a new partner. I am currently in Vietnam for
investment projects with my share of the total amount. Meanwhile, I
have not forgotten your past efforts to help me transfer these funds
despite all the delay.

I am pleased to inform you that I have left a prepaid debit card (ATM)
in your name that contains the amount of $2,550,000.00 USD(Two Million
Five hundred and fifty thousand United state dollars).

I deposited the ATM card with Global Express Courier Service in your
name for immediate delivery. I paid the shipping costs, except for the
Security Keeping fee. I tried to pay, but they do not accept, because
they do not know when you will get in touch with them and in case of
any demurrage accumulation charge. For this reason, Global Express
Courier normally requires a Security Keeping fee before the start of

Therefore, you must contact the Global Express Courier Service with
your name,address,attached Id card and Phone number to deliver the ATM
card to your address. Contact person: Mr.Harry Jacob via
( for the delivery of your ATM CARD to
your home address.

In the meantime, I will not have the opportunity to check my email
regularly due to the investment projects that I and the new partner
have on hand. Therefore, you must contact the Global Express courier
service to obtain the necessary delivery arrangements and try to
cooperate with them to send the ATM card.

Best regards,
Gabriel Morrison
Your business partner

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