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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: =?iso-8859-1?q?charity=20nana?= <charity_nana3@yahoo.co.in>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2004 10:58:56 +0100 (BST)
Subject: rugent assistance


FROM MRS CHARITY NANA.
TEL:225-07-46-14-80.
ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE
WEST AFRICA.


DEAR,

MY NAME IS CHARITY NANA NATIONALITY SIERRA LEONE. I AM 45 YEARS OLD AND THE WIFE OF LATE MR EMMANUEL NANA.
I LOST MY HUSBAND YEARS BACK HE DIED DRURING THE POLITICAL CRISIS IN MY COUNTRY.
MY LATE HUSBAND WAS ONE OF THE DIRECTORS UNDER TIJAN KABBAH GOVERNMENT.
MY SON TONY IS 27 YEARS. WE ARE LEAVING IN COTE D'IVOIRE SINCE PAST SIX MONTH. IT IS MY DESIRE TO WRITE FROM MY HEART HOPING THAT YOU WILL NOT BETRAY US.
MY HUSBAND DEPSOITED SOME HUGE SOME OF MONEY WHICH HE DEPOSITED WITH HERE IN A SECURITY COMPANY INABIDJAN WHEN HE WAS ALIVE. IN FACT IN A BRIEF INTRODUTION
ALL THE INFORMATION WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU WHEN I HEAR FROM YOU.
THIS MONEY TOTALING US$ 9,000,000.00( NINE MILLION UNITED STATESDOLLARS) NOW I SEEKING FOR A TRUSTED PERSON WHO WILL RECEIVE THIS MONEY INTO AN ACCOUNT FOR ONWARD INVESTMENT. HOWEVER, WHAT I NEED FROM YOU IS YOUR GOOD ASSISTANCE IN HELPING ME TRANSFERRING THE SAID SUM TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR ELEGITIAMTE INVESTMENT SINCE WE ARE INEXPERENCED IN THE WORLD OF BUSINESS,
THAT'S THE REASON WHY WE ARE ASKING FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
ALL DOCUMENTS CONCERNING THE DEPOSIT MAY BE GIVEN TO YOU FOR YOUR VERIFICATION.
I REALLY NEED TO MOVE THE FUND OUT OF AFRICA FOR INVESTMENT.I AND MY ONLY SON JOHN HAVE DECIEDED TO GIVE YOU 5% OF THE TOTAL SUM FOR YOUR KIND ASSISTANCE and 3% WILL BE MAPPED OUT FOR ANY EXPENCIESE YOU WILL MAKE IN THIS VERY TRANSACTION. THE WORLD IS FULL OF BAD PEOPLE PLEASE CAN YOU PROVE YOUR GENUITY TO US FOR US TO HAVE YOU AS A PARTNER.SHOW YOUR INTEREST AND WE PROCEED ON THE NEXT STEP OF ACTION.AFRICA IS NO LONGER CONDUSIVE FOR US TO INVEST IN BECAUSE OF THE INSTABILITY OF THEIR ECONOMY.

OUR BEST REGARDS
MRS CHARITY NANA.
TEL:225-07-46-14-80
















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