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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:

Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 06:00:55 +0100

Dear friend, 13th/11/2004
I need your cooperation and understanding.

Permit me to introduce myself as Mr. Jeff Grayson, the former senior staff
of the Capital Investments Company, which I pivoted for many years. I was
compelled to gratify myself with the sum of US$355 million Dollars for my
effective and appreciable contributions to the growth of the organization,
that were neither recognized nor rewarded by the management. This, they
branded otherwise. Consequently, I went underground since the year 2000,
for my safety. Please confirm this news on this webpage which was publicized
by Author Scottl:
, then scroll to the publication's entry of 19th June, 2004, time 11:27.

These funds were moved into a coded Security company whose name is withheld
basically on security and confidential purposes and would only be released
to (you) the claimant of the funds in my Authority, after due establishment
of your genuine intention to assist. I am contacting you to assist me claim
the funds because I do not intend to completely leave the whole transaction
in the care of an Attorney as I have decided to remain in exile for now
until the money has been claimed by you. Please note that I have incorporated
the services of an Attorney, charged with the task and responsibility of
guiding you through the claim's process, with some money left with him against
any minor expenses you may incur in the process, since I am still evasive.

I have decided to compensate you with 30% of the total funds, 60% will be
maintained for me under your care while 10% will be disbursed for any other
incidental and unforeseen expenses that might occurr during the process
of claiming the funds. All the title documents in my possession which includes
a Power of Attorney; an Authority to receive the funds on my behalf, would
be sent to you and the Security Company. I would also need your good advise
on the handling of these huge funds at the conclusion of the transaction.

Please notify me if you are interested and willing to help, and above all,
capable of handling funds of this magnitude. You may also contact me via: when necessary. Hoping to hear from you urgently.

Best Regards,

Mr. Jeff Grayson.

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