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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: James Morris <>
Date: Wed, 26 Jan 2022 13:34:29 -0800
Subject: Hello

Dear Friend,

Happy New Year to you and your family. How are you today? Hope all is well
with you and your family? I hope this mail meets you in a perfect
condition. I am using this opportunity to inform you that the
multi-million-dollar business has been concluded with another person who
financed it to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great effort for our unfinished transfer of funds into
your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. I want to
inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of the bank to
a new partner's account in China that was capable of assisting me in this
great venture. Due to your effort,sincerity,courage and trustworthiness you
showed during the course of the transaction I want to compensate you and
show my gratitude to you with the sum of $1,800,000.00.

I have left an international certified bank draft for you worth
$1,800,000.00 cashable anywhere in the world with my Rev. Father ( Rev.
Father Johnson Ugwu ). My dear friend, I would like you to contact him for
the bank draft, I have authorized him to release the international
certified bank draft to you as soon as you contact him regarding this
issue. At the moment, I am very busy here in China for investment with my
new partner.

Please I would like you to accept this token with good faith as this is
from the bottom of my heart. Also comply with Rev. Father Johnson Ugwu so
that he will send the draft to you without any delay, contact him on the
below contact information:

Name: Rev. Father Johnson Ugwu, MSP
Email: (
<> )
Address: Christ the King Catholic Church, South Africa.
Phone: +27835239314


Barrister James Morris.

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