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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: "Barr.K.C.Morgan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 08:37:42 -0700
Subject: TREAT AS MOST URGENT !!!+-,,, T

Greetings from K.C.Morgan,
I am sending this mail just to know if this email address is OK, reply me back so that I will send more details to you.
I have a very important thing of mutual interest to discuss with you, I look forward to receiving your response at this email:
Your full names:
Contact address:
Contact phone/whatsapp number:
Valued ID Copy
Best personal regards,
K.C. Morgan.
Advocates & Legal Consultants
Banjoko Law
Office: 90 Long Acre Covent Garden London WC2E 9RZ
United Kingdom..

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