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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" <>
Date: Sun, 30 Jul 2023 14:04:39 -0700

Greetings from Barr.K.C.Morgan,

In my search for a potential business partner I got your contact from an internet base web directory search through Google.

My name is Barr.K.C.Morgan of Banjoko Law & ASSOCIATES P.A. Consultants, Solicitors & Advocates of the High Court of England & Wales.

My client Mr. Mohammed Al Barwani is willing to invest about US$50 Million but my client needs a trusted partner who he can have a meeting at the point of releasing his funds. I told my client that you have a good profile with your company which details about you in the internet base web directory Google search and the LinkedIn lookup.

Can we trust you? Can we make a plan for a long term mutual business relationship? To discourse this matter with my client I will need the below stated information's indicating your acceptance.

Your full names:
Contact address:
Contact phone/Whatsapp number:
Valued ID Copy

Best personal regards,

Barr. K. C. Morgan.
Advocates, financial attoneys & Legal Consultants.

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