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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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Fraud email example:

From: "MR. DANIEL KALU" <danielkalu@luxmail.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: danielkalu@spinfinder.com
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 02:18:50 -0700
Subject: PRIVATE

FROM: THE DESK OF DANIEL KALU
CREDIT CONTROL UNIT,
UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC.
PRIVATE EMAIL:danielkalu@luxmail.com

PRIVATE AND URGENT

I KNOW THIS PROPOSAL WILL COME TO YOU AS A SURPRISE ESPECIALLY
WHEN YOU DO NOT KNOW THE WRITER, CONDSIDERING THE HUGE SUM
OF MONEY INVOLVED WHICH COULD MAKE MANY APPREHENSIVE.

LET ME START BY INTRODUCING MYSELF TO YOU, I AM DANIEL KALU A STAFF
WITH UNION BANK OF NIGERIA PLC. LAGOS. I SAW YOUR CONTACT ON THE
INTERNET DURING MY SEARCH FOR A RELIABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY PERSON
AND I WANT TO BELIEVE THAT YOU WILL BE VERY HONEST, COMMITTED AND
CAPABLE OF ASSISTING US IN THIS BUSINESS VENTURE.

FIRSTLY, LET ME EXPLAIN THE SOURCE OF THIS FUNDS AND WHAT YOU ARE
EXPECTED TO DO. A FORIGNER,AN OIL MERCHANT/CONTRACTOR WITH THE
GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA, UNTIL HIS DEATH, OVER A YEAR AGO, WAS A
VICTIM OF A KENYA AIRWAYS: BUS(A310-300) FLIGHT KQ430 PLANE CRASH.
THE DECEASED,BANKED WITH US AND HAS A CLOSING BALANCE AS A JULY 2000
WORTH $23.5M (TWENTY THREE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND USD).
WHICH MY BANK, NOW EXPECTES A NEXT-OF-KIN TO CLAIM AS THE BENEFICIARY
OF THE FUNDS, EFFORTS HAS BEEN MADE BY UNION BANK OF NIGERIA TO GET
IN TOUCH WITH THE DECEASED FAMILY OR RELATIVE BUT TO NO SUCCESS.

BASED ON THE PERCEIVED POSSIBILITY OF NOT BEING ABLE TO LOCATE ANY
NEXT-OF-KIN, THE MANAGEMENT UNDER THE INFLUENCE OF OUR CHAIRMAN
AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE MAKING ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE
FUNDS TO BE DECLARED UNCLAIMED AND CHANNELED TO AN UNKNOWN
ACCOUNT.IT IS BASED ON THIS THAT I HAVE CONTACTED YOU TO STAND AS
THE NEXT-OF-KIN SO THAT THE FUNDS, WILL BE RELEASED AND PAID INTO
YOUR ACCOUNT AS THE BENEFICIARY AND THE NEXT-OF-KIN TO THE DECEASED.

PLEASE ACKNOWLEDGE RECEIPT OF THIS MESSAGE IN ACEPTANCE OF OUR
MUTUAL BUSINESS ENDEAVOUR BY FURNISHING ME WITH THE FOLLOWING;

1.FULL NAME AND ADDRESS
2.DIRECT TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS.

THIS REQUIREMENTS WILL ENABLE ME FILE A LETTER OF CLAIM TO THE
APPROPRIATE DEPARTMENT FOR NECESSARY APPROVAL IN YOUR FAVOUR
AS THE NEXT OF KIN BEFORE THE TRANSFER CAN BE MADE

ALL DOCUMENTS, AND PROOF TO ENABLE YOU GET THE FUNDS HAVE BEEN
CAREFULLY WORKED OUT AS WE HAVE SECURED FROM THE DIFFERENT
OFFICES CONCERNED FOR THE SMOOTH TRANSFER OF THE FUND TO YOUR
NOMINATED ACCOUNT.IT HAS BEEN AGREED THAT THE OWNER OF THE
ACCOUNT WILL BE CONPENSATED WITH 30% OF THE REMITTED FUNDS,
WHILE WE KEEP 65% AND 5% WILL BE SET ASIDE TO OFFSET EXPENSES
BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONAL.

PLEASE REACH ME ONLY BY MY PRIVATE MAIL, FOR MORE INFORMATION.

yOU CAN ALSO REACH ME THROUGH THIS EMAIL ADRESS:danielkalu@spinfinder.com

YOURS FAITHFULLY

DANIEL KALU.
danielkalu@mail2banker.com




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