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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.David Morgan." <>
Date: Sat, 8 Jan 2022 17:57:28 -0800
Subject: GOOD DAY

From United States
Former Ambassador to the United States of America:

This is MR.David Morgan the Former United States Ambassador to united
Nation, I came down here in united Nations meeting and I was searching
for some files that I left in this office before I left and found out
that you have not received your fund, and I asked the present
ambassador Mrs Lucy Tamlyn what happened that you have not receive
your fund since months ago, and he said that you refused to pay the
required fee for the delivery of your ATM CARD.

I'm contacting you this morning because the director of the ATM CARD
center here in united Nation said that they will divert your ATM CARD
to the Government Treasury just because that you cannot pay for the
service fee of your ATM CARD which is $200 only according to them. But
I told them to wait until I hear from you today So that I will know
the reason why you rejected such amount of money $50 Million United
States Dollars which will change your life just because of $200 only.

I want your urgent response as soon as you receive this email and
explain to me the reason why you have abandon your ATM CARD because of
$200 only But if you don't need it then I can change your name to
another person so that this Government will not claim this money but I
know that you will love to have it.

My dear I want to help you to receive this fund because it was a big
shock to me that you have not receive your ATM CARD and withdraw your
money since years ago you will receive your fund before the end of
this meeting.

So your urgent replay is highly needed, Via my Email Address(
I wait to hear from you today.
Your Sincerely
MR.David Morgan.

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