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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. Morgan Gomez." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 18 Dec 2022 23:49:46 -0000
Subject: Kindly reply back and let me know if I should assist you.

Hi dear,

I have been trying to contact you concerning your unsuccessful
transfer which I discovered in an account with our firm.I noticed
that your money could not be transferred because you did not
authorize the transfer.Will you give me 5% of the total money so
that I will help you to transfer this fund back to your local
account?If you accept, I will direct you on the steps to take.

Kindly reply back and let me know if I should assist you.

Yours faithfully
Mr. Morgan Gomez.

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